MINK SHOALS, W.Va. -- The family of a Charleston man who was found dead from an accidental overdose at the Mink Shoals park and ride last year wants to know who he was with during his final hours.
Passing motorists found Nicholas Aaron Arthur lying beside a concrete barrier at the park and ride on the morning of Nov. 5, 2012. Police believe he rested beside the barrier before dying. A toxicology report revealed he had nerve pills and pain pills in his system, his family said.
Tina Adkins, Arthur's mother, gathered friends and family at the park and ride to pray for answers on the one-year anniversary of his death Tuesday night.
Samantha Arthur, his widow, said she dropped him off at the Harding's Family Restaurant in Mink Shoals expecting to pick him up 5 minutes later.
When she couldn't find him, she drove around the area for hours. It was not like him to go missing.She eventually met up with Adkins and they called jails and police departments looking for him.
Adkins said she knew something was wrong when police knocked on her door the next morning.
"There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about him," Adkins said. "I can be watching a comedy on TV and I just start crying. If I didn't have God I don't know what I would do."
Adkins said her son was missing for about 6 or 7 hours and she believes he walked or got a lift to the park and ride.
Adkins and Samantha Arthur have asked all his friends and acquaintances for information, but no one has answers about whom he was with. If anyone has information, they are holding it back, Samantha Arthur said.
"If anyone saw him out or saw him in a car, we want to know," she said.
Arthur had a 3-year-old son and a stepdaughter. He loved to fish, hunt and ride on his ATV.
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