Search for Charleston Man Appears to be Recovery Mission

Story by Jessika Lewis

GLENVILLE -- The Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department is continuing its search for a missing Charleston man, but the search may have turned into a rescue mission.

“With no contact from this individual, we believe we are more into a recovery than a search and rescue,” stated Sheriff Mickey Metz.

Monday, a helicopter will once again search the area for Basil Fredrick Hill, 29, while crews comb the Little Kanawha River using cadaver dogs, according to Metz.

State Police provided a helicopter for the search on Saturday, said Metz.

The crews will search from behind Trezan’s restaurant to the Calhoun County line, Metz stated.

Hill was removed from the business at about 12:30 a. m. on Friday, Dec. 11, Metz said, and is believed to have left alone.

Three people ran into Hill coming down the hill near the courthouse, and Hill was in front of the courthouse at about 1 a.m., stated Metz.

Investigators brought dogs to the area around the courthouse where the trio saw Hill to try to pick up his scent, but Metz noted that the cold weather and rain made it difficult for them to do so.

Metz contacted the State Police to ask for the search and rescue team, but was told that they would not be activated.

Troopers helped out on Saturday and provided the helicopter used in the search, but without further evidence, Capt. Steven Dawson, with the Elkins detachment, says there is no need to deploy the search and rescue team.

Metz asks that anyone with information on this matter contact the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department 304-462-7441.

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