Parkersburg death labeled homicide

Body of Mineral Wells man found behind business

Photo by Evan Bevins Wood County Sheriff’s deputies walk down the driveway to Pleasant Air at 5200 Emerson Ave. just north of Parkersburg while investigating a homicide Friday morning. Employees of the business discovered the body of a white male there around 7:30 a.m.

PARKERSBURG — The death of a man found Friday behind an Emerson Avenue business is being investigated as a homicide.

The body of Kevin Adam King, 38, of 280 Forest Ave., Mineral Wells, was discovered by employees of Pleasant Air, 5200 Emerson Ave., around 7:30 a.m. Friday, Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens said.

Wood County Coroner Mike St. Clair, Prosecutor Pat Lefebure, Assistant Prosecutor Russell Skogstad and the sheriff’s detective bureau then responded. Deputies began to canvass the area just north of Parkersburg and south of North Hills for witnesses and footage from surveillance cameras.

Stephens initially termed the incident “a suspicious death,” but after locating King’s next of kin Friday afternoon he said the death is believed to be a homicide.

“At this time, we still do not have a suspect,” the sheriff said.

Stephens said King was not an employee of Pleasant Air.

“That’s part of the investigation, why he was there at that time,” the sheriff said.

Stephens declined to release additional information Friday, including about cause of death, citing the ongoing investigation.