Body found in river that of Kanawha County man
HUNTINGTON — Investigators believe an apparent weekend drowning may be linked to a stolen automobile case from Charleston, according to a press release issued by the Huntington Police Department.
The Monday afternoon release identified the deceased as Michael Kelley Byrom, 42, of Kanawha County. A preliminary autopsy found no signs of trauma or foul play, said Huntington Police Lt. John Williams.
That was consistent with earlier comments by Huntington Police Detective Chris Sperry who described the man’s death as a likely drowning.
Byrom’s body was discovered just before 10:16 p.m. Sunday at the boat ramp end of Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington.
Williams said police recovered a stolen vehicle from the area Saturday. Byrom was the listed suspect in the vehicle theft, which a female acquaintance said occurred Friday evening in Charleston, according to the release.
The lieutenant said officers were unaware of its connection to Byrom’s death at the time of his discovery.
Sperry said the body was found fully dressed. It did not appear to have been in the water for a significant period of time.
Authorities remained on scene until 1 a.m. Monday.
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