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Body found in quarry was a carnival worker from Florida

July 27, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A body found floating in a quarry about 200 feet north of Berkeley Station Road last week was determined to be a Florida man who worked in a carnival, West Virginia State Police said Wednesday.

Jesse F. Byers, 40, and several other people went to the quarry on July 15 to party, according to a state police news release.

Byers was found dead about a week later by a person swimming in the quarry, police said.

A cause of death has not been determined, and the investigation is continuing, the release said.

Byers was face down in the quarry when he was found, state police said. He  had several items on him but there was nothing that revealed his identity.

On July 22, several reports of missing persons were filed with the Martinsburg state police detachment, police said.

Byers was described by several co-workers from the carnival where Byers was working, state police said. The people who were with Byers on July 15 were found and questioned, state police said.

 Byers had a distinctive tattoo on his back, a shaved head and a red goatee and mustache, police said.

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

 Anyone with information about the case can call Senior Trooper J.D. Schuessler at 304-267-0001.

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