RAVENSWOOD - The Jackson County Sheriff's Department found a body Monday that could be that of a man missing since last month.
Jackson County sheriff's Chief Deputy Tony Boggs said they recovered a body along Little Utah Road outside Ravenswood.
''The body was badly decomposed,'' Boggs said. ''We are awaiting autopsy results and for the body to be identified.''
The body was sent to the state medical examiner's office in Charleston.
Officials are looking to see if the body might be that of Jeff Marcum, 40, who was last seen May 6 when he left his Fitzhugh Street home in Ravenswood on foot.
Marcum was reported to be intoxicated and could have been in possession of a pistol at the time he disappeared. Marcum did not report to his job at Alcan, where he worked as an engineer.
His keys, cell phone, medication and money were left at his home, as well as his vehicle, Ravenswood police said.
Three volunteer fire departments, three cadaver dogs, the West Virginia K-9 Search and Rescue Team, Ravenswood Police Department and around 50 civilians conducted a search of a wooded area near Marcum's home soon after he was reported missing. The Wood County Sheriff's Office assisted with its helicopter, and smaller searches were conducted.
Marcum is 6 feet, 215 pounds with dark hair. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a gray T-shirt and red and black tennis shoes.
Boggs expects authorities should have the body identified within several days.