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Police: East Lynn man's death was accidental

Mar. 08, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

EAST LYNN -- West Virginia State Police believe the death of Mark Spurlock was accidental, according to a late Thursday release issued by State Police Sgt. E.A. Blankenship.

Authorities found Spurlock's body about 6:20 p.m. Thursday. The 42-year-old was found in Twelevepole Creek, approximately 200 yards downstream from his residence. Although his cause of death appears accidental, Blankenship said the investigation is ongoing pending results of a routine autopsy.

Investigators received word of Spurlock's disappearance Thursday morning, according to West Virginia State Police Sgt. R.D. Perry.

Family members reported last seeing Spurlock about 9 p.m. Wednesday at a neighbor's house, where he apparently suffered a minor head injury and fell asleep. He then awoke and walked toward another neighbor's house, but never arrived.

Family and friends took to Facebook to spread word of his disappearance and organize a Thursday evening search. They spotted Spurlock's red shirt in the creek about 4:30 p.m. and notified police.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office assisted in the search and investigation, according to Blankenship's release.

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