Sheriff: Child’s Death in Martin County Believed to be Accidental

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UPDATE: 12/26/17 @ 4:30 p.m.

Martin County Sheriff John Kirk tells 13 News that he believes 7-year-old Paul Bowen’s death is accidental.

According to Sheriff Kirk, there was only a single pair of footsteps leading to the bank of the Tug Fork River where Bowen is believed to fallen into the river.

Bowen’s body was discovered by a motorist in Martin County approximately a mile from his home, which is about five miles from a nearby boat lunch.

Sheriff Kirk also adds that Bowen’s family is well known by he and deputies, and that they are “really good people”. 

Sheriff Kirk expects official results on the cause of death from the coroner as early as tomorrow.

We will continue to update this story with information as soon as we receive it.

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UPDATE: 12/25/17 @ 11:00 p.m.

According to the Mullins Family Funeral Home, Paul Luther Bowen, 7, of Hode, KY in Martin County was killed after falling into the Tug Fork River on Christmas Day.

Kermit Fire and Rescue tells our crew at the scene that the missing 7-year-old’s body was recovered from the swollen river after falling into the Tug Fork River.

The body was discovered by a motorist on the Martin County, KY side of the river.

The river is the boundary between West Virginia (Wayne County) and Kentucky (Martin County).

The boy was found approximately a mile from his home, which was about five miles from a nearby boat lunch.

Little other details are being released at this time.

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the fatal incident.

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ORIGINAL: 12/25/17 @ 3:30 p.m.

Emergency crews are working to find a missing 6-year-old that fell into the Tug Fork River in the Crum area of southern Wayne County.

Emergency crews are not sure how the child ended up in the river, but the river is swollen due to recent rains.

We will provide more information on this developing story as soon as we receive it.

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