WV: Missing Mason County boy found dead

Missing Mason County boy found dead | WCHS (wchstv.com)


A missing juvenile in Mason County was found deceased on Sunday, Eyewitness News has confirmed from multiple sources.

Hundreds of people, including law enforcement and firefighters, had been involved in the search for the 10-year-old Wyatt, which began Saturday afternoon and into Sunday morning.

The boy and his grandfather had been out squirrel hunting near Gallipolis Ferry on Saturday when the two became separated, deputies said.

The boy’s grandfather went out to search for him on his own later that day on an ATV before crashing and injuring himself. Responding crews to the ATV accident were then alerted of the missing boy, according to deputies.

Wyatt’s body was discovered Sunday morning several miles off West Virginia Route 2. Investigators said it appeared the boy died of a gunshot wound.

Mason County Sheriff Corey Miller thanked all of the people who had helped during the search.

“We’ve had hundreds of people down here. Food, water, you know, volunteers, anything you could ask for,” Miller said. “It’s just been overwhelming from the community and we’d like to show our gratitude for that. I know the family’s grateful.”

The investigation into what exactly happened continues, and West Virginia State Police Crime Scene Units were on the scene most of Sunday at the brush covered location.

UPDATE – 12:15 p.m. 9/10/23

A missing juvenile in Mason County has been located, according to Mason County deputies.

The boy was squirrel hunting with his grandfather Saturday when the two became separated, deputies said.

Later on, his grandfather went to look for the boy on a four-wheeler when he crashed and got hurt, at which point responding crews were alerted about the missing boy.

A search then ensued into Sunday morning with about 300 volunteers, deputies said.

Currently, the scene is being processed and interviews are being conducted.

Deputies said the case remains under investigation.

Deputies said there is no other information at this time, but this story will be updated as more information becomes available.


First responders are asking for public assistance to locate a missing Mason County youth.

Wyatt was reported missing from the Salt Creek area Saturday, according to a social media post from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.


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