Man's body found floating in Berkeley County quarry

July 22, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The body of a man was found floating face down Thursday night in a quarry in the 200 block of Berkeley Station Road north of Martinsburg, West Virginia State Police said.

Police were still trying to identify the man, who was initially reported to have drowned, Sgt. C.A. Mahood said Friday.

The white male was found wearing a black shirt with an eagle print, blue jeans and what appeared to be brown leather boots, police said.

He was about 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall, with a shaved head and a red goatee and mustache, police said.

He was found about 200 feet north of Berkeley Station Road in the rock quarry.

"He still had his clothes on, but nothing to identify him," Mahood said. "It's currently under investigation."

Authorities responded to the quarry shortly after 8 p.m., after a person who was swimming there discovered the body, according to police.  

A rescue team used a boat to remove the body from the quarry.

Several items were found with the deceased man, but nothing that would help  determine his identity, police said.

— Matthew Umstead

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