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Missing Parkersburg man found dead

By Staff reports

RIPLEY, W.Va. -- A Parkersburg man who had been reported missing was found dead along W.Va. 68 near Ripley on Saturday.

Michael Dewaine Staats, 47, of Parkersburg, was thrown from his 1999 Pontiac Bonneville after it drove off the roadway, hit some trees and rolled over an embankment, said West Virginia State Police Sgt. Michael Baylous in a news release.

There were no signs of foul play, Baylous said. No signs of breaking or skid marks were noticeable. Staats had been reported missing on Dec. 13.


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