Missing man found, OK

WILLIAMSTOWN -An elderly Williamstown man was found by searchers Tuesday morning after spending the night in the woods after an ATV accident.

Capt. Mark King with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office said 79-year-old Bill Roach of Williamstown was reported missing about 9:14 p.m. Monday by his family after failing to return from a four-wheeler ride in the Access Road area east of Williamstown.

Roach was found about 9 a.m. Tuesday and transported to Marietta Memorial Hospital. A hospital official said he was treated and released from the hospital later Tuesday.

King said Roach had been riding Monday in the Access Road area off Interstate 77 near Williamstown when his four-wheeler rolled over and he went into a small ravine. When he failed to return, his family reported him missing and several agencies came out to help in the search, King said.

The Williamstown Volunteer Fire Department was in charge of the search and was joined by volunteers from the Waverly, Lubeck and Vienna fire departments, personnel and a helicopter from the Wood County Sheriff’s Office, St. Joseph’s Ambulance Service and conservation officers with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

King said some of Roach’s neighbors also joined in the search.

The initial search ran from about 9:15 p.m. Monday to 2:15 a.m. Tuesday when it was called off due to dark conditions, King said. At some point during the search, Roach told officials he could see the searchers but was too dehydrated to call to them, King said.

The search resumed around 7:18 a.m. Tuesday and Roach was found less than two hours later with minor cuts and scrapes, King said. He was transported to MMH for treatment.