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State police looking for missing W.Va. man

October 20, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - West Virginia State Police are asking for the public's help in finding a Berkeley County man who has been missing for two months.

Leroy A. Coutermarsh, 39, has been missing from his home at 5299 Williamsport Pike since Aug. 20, Sgt. C.C. Morton said Sunday.

There was no evidence at Coutermarsh's home of a crime or any signs of struggle, Morton said.

Morton also said police found no indications that Coutermarsh may have packed up any personal belongings at his home, which is along U.S. 11 north of Martinsburg near Barney's convenience store.

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Coutermarsh never left his house before without telling family members, Morton said.

Coutermarsh often walked along U.S. 11 and lived by himself, Morton said.

Coutermarsh supported himself mainly through a federal government check, Morton said. Morton said he checked the account and noticed there has been no activity.

Coutermarsh's family contacted state police on Sept. 12 about the disappearance, Morton said. State police have developed a flier that contains Coutermarsh's picture and facts about the case.

Coutermarsh is described as being a white male, weighing 145 pounds and being 5 feet 4 inches tall. He has brown hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information about Coutermarsh's disappearance can call 304-267-0000.

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