Authorities rescue Pendleton man

A Pendleton County man is recuperating from injuries after being rescued and being missing for more than a day, officials said.

On Wednesday at approximately 11:22 p.m., Senior Trooper K. J. Varner II was called to investigate a potential missing person case, near Cherry Grove in Pendleton County. While on scene, Varner obtained information that Shawn Arbaugh had left his vehicle unattended along Snowy Mountain Road and had not been seen since approximately 6 a.m., according to a West Virginia State Police press release.

Varner spoke with the local Tactical Response Team leader and agreed to resume searching for Arbaugh Thursday morning.

On Thursday at approximately 7 a.m., Pendleton County’s Tactical Response, Search & Rescue Team convened and established a command post near Arbaugh’s vehicle.

At approximately 9:25 a.m., Arbaugh was located. Officials discovered he had severe injuries resulting from the rough and steep terrain.

Arbaugh was immediately tended to by EMS personnel and carefully extricated from the treacherous terrain. He was later transported to Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins for treatment.

This investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released at this time, police said.

Varner was assisted by Sgt. A.D. Teter, the Pendleton County Office of Emergency Management, the Pendleton County Tactical Skills Team, the Circleville Fire Department and the North Fork Rescue Squad.