Saturday, April 14, 2007

James McCarthy's body found

Hopefully this was just a horrible accident, and not something worse.
Story from http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07100/776608-85.stm:
Missing Avalon man's body found in river near Weirton
Tuesday, April 10,
2007
By Torsten Ove, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A man from Avalon who
disappeared in February was found dead last month in the Ohio River in West
Virginia and police are investigating the circumstances of how he got there.
James L. McCarthy, 79, was last seen at his Orchard Avenue home on Feb. 12.
His body was discovered March 27 in Weirton, W.Va., near the New Cumberland
Lock and Dam. The cause of death is pending, but the body showed no signs of
trauma. Allegheny County police said they do not suspect foul play, but they're
still investigating, as is the medical examiner's office in Charleston, W.Va.
Officials with that office did not return a call yesterday.
"We haven't
concluded anything yet," said Lt. Christopher Kearns, head of county homicide.
Joyce McCarthy said she last saw her husband lying on the couch when she
went to bed. He was gone the next morning. Search dogs tracked him to the
hillside along the riverbank, but no one knows if he fell into the water or
jumped.
Mr. McCarthy's son, Timothy J. McCarthy, said yesterday that his
father, who was often seen walking in Ben Avon, Bellevue and other nearby towns,
did not seem depressed and was unlikely to have committed suicide.
"If you
knew my father, that's the last thing you'd think," he said. "He was constantly
telling jokes to everyone -- bad jokes."
In addition to his wife and son,
Mr. McCarthy, an Army veteran who served in occupied Japan after World War II
and later in Korea, is survived by a daughter, Carol Miller.
A Mass will be
celebrated at 10 a.m. today at Church of the Assumption, Bellevue. Orion C.
Pinkerton Funeral Home in Avalon has handled funeral arrangements.

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