Police ID body found in river

State Police have released the name of the man whose body was found floating in the Tygart Valley River this week.

The body has been identified as Robert Horner III, 22, of Belington, Cpl. M.P. Denison with the Philippi detachment of the West Virginia State Police said Friday.

Railroad workers first spotted Horner’s body drifting down the river just before noon Wednesday, and authorities worked for nearly an hour to haul it out, according to previous reports.

Denison hasn’t formed any theories about what led to Horner’s death, he said. When asked if he believed the drowning was suspicious, Denison echoed the response he gave Wednesday.

“I have no idea,” Denison said Friday.

Horner’s body has been sent to West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and autopsy results are expected to be returned sometime within the next two weeks.

Denison and Sgt. J.A. Wyatt, also with the Philippi detachment of the WVSP, are investigating the case.

Other agencies that responded to the scene include the Belington Police Department, the Barbour County Sheriff’s Office, the Junior Volunteer Fire Department and the Belington Volunteer Fire Department.