A man's body has been found in a shallow grave along the Tygart River near Arden, Barbour County officials confirmed today.
The body of a white man, approximately 6 feet tall and weighing 225 pounds, was recovered at about noon with the assistance of the state medical examiner's office, Barbour Sheriff John W. Hawkins said in a news release.
"As of now, the identity of the body is unknown and has been sent to the medical examiner's office in Charleston for autopsy and identification," Hawkins said in the release. "At this point the case is being treated as a homicide but (we are) unsure if the crime occurred in Barbour County or if this was just a burial site."
Hawkins noted that "the body did have some tattoos, which will be crucial in the identification process."
An area resident first discovered the body Tuesday in sand along the riverbank, officials said.
Anyone who has any information leading to the identity of the body is asked to call the sheriff's office at 304-457-2352 and speak to Chief Deputy Brett Carpenter, who is leading the investigation.