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February 25, 2014

Missing trio found in Randolph County

Gone since Sunday, they suffered only minor frostbite

FAIRMONT — Two men and a child from Marion County who were reported missing have been found with only minor injuries after having been exposed to the elements for more than 24 hours.

Bill Wilkerson, 40; Garret Wilkerson, 12; and Rick Rohrbough, 41, of Marion County were reported missing Sunday afternoon. The group had left Marion County at 6 a.m. Sunday to go fishing in Randolph County, according to Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy T. Veltri.

The group did not return and could not be contacted through early Monday evening. Police officials reached out through the media to seek information for the whereabouts of the three, who had been last seen driving a white GMC truck.

By midafternoon Monday, officers of the Division of Natural Resources located the vehicle in Randolph County. The West Virginia State Police, the U.S. Marshals Service and the DNR assisted in the search in the vicinity around the vehicle.

On Monday afternoon, a community Facebook post began to organize a search party for today through an Elkins area church. But that was not necessary.

Around 6 p.m. Monday, the three missing persons were found. The individuals had sustained frostbite injuries but were alive.

According to Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy M. Love, the group said they became lost after it began snowing Sunday evening.

Email Richard Babich at rbabich@timeswv.com or follow him on Twitter @rbabichTWV.

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