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Update: Searchers Find Body of Monongalia County Missing Man

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Update 8:40 P.M.

Searchers discovered on Saturday evening the body of Laurence H. Nichol, 79, in a wooded area near Sun Valley Townhomes in the Cheat Lake area of Monongalia County, officials said.

Nichol had been reported missing by his family Tuesday evening. A massive air and ground search was conducted over the past several days by numerous volunteers, and several search and rescue teams.

Nichol's body was discovered, and is in the custody of the medical examiners office.

The Monongalia County Sheriff's Office, and the Monongalia County Office of Emergency Management would to thank all of the citizens and agencies who volunteered to assist in the search.


The search for Laurence Nichol, 79, continues.

During a press conference on Saturday, officials said more than 400 volunteers have helped in the search, and about 200 were helping on Saturday.

They are hoping good weather will be in their favor.

Canines picked up a scent in the Botanic Garden area on Tyrone Road.

They're continuing their search south of that area.

They're asking people to continue looking in sheds and garages because Nichol will likely be looking for shelter.

Original Story

The search continued Friday for a missing Monongalia County man, three days after he was last seen.

The West Virginia wing of the civil air patrol joined the search effort Friday for Laurence Howard Nichol, 79. Groups already involved in the search effort include the Monongalia County Sheriff's Department, the West Virginia State Police, the American Red Cross and the West Virginia National Guard.

Local volunteers and rescue teams from West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania are examining a 1.2 mile area around Turtle Creek Drive. Search teams encourage volunteers to continue to come out and help. Area residents are also asked to search their own properties for any signs of Nichol.

"Through 911, they put out information about people searching their homes, abandoned buildings, or any garages and barns they may have on their property," said Monongalia County Sheriff Al Kisner.

Volunteers are asked to meet at Cheat Lake Elementary School in Morgantown Saturday at 7:30 a.m. Rescue workers remind volunteers to dress appropriately to walk in the woods. Wearing orange is also recommended so that volunteers will be visible to hunters who may be in the area.

"Tomorrow's push is to do a lot more of that grid search and to have folks come out prepared to walk through the woods, led by professional search members and cover some of these areas that we've either only covered once or that we'd like to cover more in-depth," said Christian Roper of the Mountaineer Area Rescue Group.

Nichol was last seen at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Morgantown. State police said Nichol has severe Alzheimer's, minor non-treated cardiac issues and walks with a limp. He is 5 feet 10 inches and weighs approximately 145 lbs. Nichol has blue eyes and gray hair.

State police said he should be wearing glasses and has a note in his pocket with his name and contact information.

If you have any information regarding Nichol, contact state police at 304-624-7573.

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