6/12/2017 - Braxton responders have recovered the body of a missing boater in Sutton Lake.

The body of Joe D. McPherson, 64, of Sutton was discovered about 10:45 a.m. Monday in the lake, said Mike Baker, director of the Braxton County Office of Emergency Services.

Baker said the body was found in the same area where his abandoned johnboat was discovered along the shoreline of the lake.

Officials said McPherson went fishing in the lake June 5, but he never returned home.

Multiple agencies assisted in the effort to find the missing boater, including the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Police, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Braxton County Office of Emergency Services.


6-8-2017 - Division of Natural Resources Police and other responders are continuing to search for a missing boater on Sutton Lake.

They report his small boat, motor running, ran aground Monday night about seven miles from the Sutton Dam in an area near some railroad trestles.

Joe D. McPherson, 64, of Sutton was reported missing by his wife at about 6 p.m. Monday.

Searchers are speculating that the boat's operator was tossed overboard when the boat hit something, but they are unsure if the damage to the boat came from that or running aground.

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