Man reports missing pistol

ELKINS – An Elkins area man reported to the West Virginia State Police’s Elkins Detachment this week that his 9mm Keltec P-11 pistol was missing, likely lost while he was on a ramp-digging trip near the bottom of Rich Mountain on April 14.

The man discovered the firearm was missing on May 8, as he was doing some cleaning. The last time he recalled actually using the firearm was when he had been digging ramps with some relatives near the bottom of Rich Mountain, a WVSF press release stated.

The man said it is possible that he put the firearm back in its original plastic box and set the box on his truck as he talked with relatives, and then drove off. It is possible the box containing the firearm was lost along a dirt road near the bottom of Rich Mountain. The man had returned to the area and looked for the firearm without success. The firearm may have been found by hunters or ramp diggers, the press release said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Police at 304-637-0200 and ask for Sgt. J. M. Menendez.

Menendez stated the firearm could possibly have been found and later sold or pawned. The gun is described as black and silver with a grip extender and a belt clip. The firearm was also in the original plastic case at the time of the loss. The firearm has been entered into the National Database as a stolen firearm, and it will be traced by the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms), the press release stated.