SALEM TWP. — A Charleston, W.Va., man reported missing earlier this week was found dead in Salem Township, Meigs County, on Wednesday evening, the victim of an apparent four-wheeler accident.
Leonard Denver Wells, 64, of Charleston was reported missing on Wednesday. Searchers found him pinned under his overturned four-wheeler.
Meigs County Sheriff Robert E. Beegle reports that the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office received a report on Wednesday afternoon from Karen Wells, Limestone Road in Charleston, W.Va., that her husband, Leonard Wells, did not return home following a hunting trip to Meigs County.
Leonard Wells had left about noon on Saturday to go to his property on Buck Run Road in Salem Township to bow hunt. He did not return home on Monday and had not called, causing her to become concerned.
According to Beegle, Karen Wells came to the area on Tuesday evening, but was unable to locate the camp. On Wednesday, she contacted her husband’s hunting partner who provided her directions to the camp.
Upon arriving she found his truck was there, but the four-wheeler and bow were gone. She also noticed he had not taken his medication.
Wells was located around 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday in a wooded area off Buckwheat Road.
The Salem Township, Rutland and Wilkesville Fire Departments responded to the search and rescue call Wednesday afternoon. Volunteers and neighbors used four-wheelers to search along trails. Beegle expressed his thanks to all of those who worked on the search.
Meigs County Coroner Dr. Doug Hunter was called to the scene. The body was released to Birchfield Funeral Home.
The incident has been tentatively ruled accidental, according to the sheriff.