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Man who drowned in Shenandoah identified

August 02, 2002|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

JEFFERSON COUNTY, W.Va. - West Virginia State Police have identified a man who drowned in the Shenandoah River Wednesday as Thomas Joseph Ciarlante III, 34, of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va.

Attempts to reach his family Thursday were unsuccessful.

State Police Sr. Trooper M.L. Dickerson said the drowning was an accident.

"It was just one of those things that happens," he said.

Ciarlante was with a group of friends and family at the Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area, off Mission Road.

Dickerson said Wednesday that Ciarlante swam in the river with two relatives and a friend. After they got out of the water and couldn't find him, they called for help.

Rescue crews, divers and tracking K-9s spent about six hours looking for Ciarlante, finally recovering his body at about 9 p.m.

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