(04/09/2005)
Searchers discovered the body of 71-year-old fisherman Junior Rose yesterday morning at 10 a.m., ending a four day search.

Calhoun Sheriff Carl Ballengee said there were no signs of foul play.

Members of the Wirt County Trappers found the body a short distance below an area where air-sniffing dogs had picked up a scent.

The group was using two boats with a grappling hook.

The body was found in an area along Owens Road, a short distance from Munday Road.

Rose had been missing since Monday evening, when he placed his fishing boat in the Little Kanawha River at Munday Beach near the Calhoun-Wirt County line.

Family members discovered his empty boat down river.

An extensive effort to locate Rose has been conducted since Monday, with firemen, volunteers, cadaver dogs, divers and underwater cameras being used, said Sheriff Carl Ballengee.

"We are grateful for all the services and volunteers who came out," said Ballengee.

The body has reportedly been taken to the State Medical Examiner's office in Charleston. Funeral services will be completed at the Busch Funeral Home in Elizabeth.

SEE earlier search stories in Hur Herald


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