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Webster County woman is state's sixth Sandy death

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A 71-year-old West Virginia woman is the state's latest confirmed victim of Superstorm Sandy.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the Webster County woman was found Wednesday beneath three feet of snow on her gravel driveway.

Family members had been clearing the driveway when they discovered her body. Spokeswoman Amy Shuler Goodwin said the family believes the woman had gone outside to feed her dogs. She was last known alive on Monday.

Her death is the state's sixth attributed to the storm. West Virginia has a higher death toll than any of the more than dozen other states lashed by Sandy's outer bands.

But the medical examiner's office is not blaming Sandy in the death of a Barbour County man who had been shoveling snow at his home.


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