Sheriff says man found in river drowned

PARKERSBURG – The Marietta Police Department is looking for one last possible witness in the case of a missing Parkersburg man found dead in the Ohio River last month.

Carl Travis, 22, last seen on Feb. 13, was found on the afternoon of April 12 near Marietta Industrial Enterprises on Ohio 7 south of Marietta by employees of the company. Several agencies, including the Marietta Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, responded.

Nothing at the scene indicated foul play, said Sgt. Rod Hupp of the Marietta Police Department.

Most of the hotel guests who were staying at the Lafayette when Travis was there have been interviewed, but Hupp said he is trying to find Cheryl Greenwald, a guest who was on the same floor as Travis.

She is not a suspect, Hupp said. Greenwald may have additional information or perhaps she saw or spoke to Travis, Hupp said. Her stay was booked through hotels.com, Hupp said. Anyone who knows who she is can contact the department at (740) 376-2007, he said.

Travis’ body was taken to the medical examiner in Montgomery County where the cause of death was determined to be drowning, Sheriff Larry Mincks said Tuesday.

How Travis got into the water is unknown and may never be known, according to Mincks.

“I don’t know those details,” Mincks said.

Travis was identified by the medical examiner through DNA and dental records forwarded from the police department, which received the information from the military, Hupp said. Family on April 12 identified him through clothing and other articles on him when he was found, Hupp said.

Authorities in Washington County last week cited Patsy L. Hasley, 55, of 2408 Hanvey Ave., Belpre, with three first-degree misdemeanor counts of falsification by providing false information to investigators in the case. She is accused of making an anonymous report to the Wood County 911 Center on April 13 that the father of her grandchild was responsible for Travis’ disappearance.

Travis was in the U.S. Navy and was last seen checking into the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta. He was on leave.

He was not declared missing until Feb. 22, the day he failed to report for duty on the USS Halyburton, a guided missile frigate stationed in Jacksonville, Fla.

An obituary in The Parkersburg News and Sentinel on Tuesday listed the date of death as Feb. 16.

Memorial services for the Parkersburg South High School graduate will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Kimes Funeral Home on Fifth Street in Parkersburg. Visitation is an hour before the service.