UPDATE: Crews Still Searching Water for Missing Mingo Co. Man

UPDATE 8/25/14 @ 6 p.m.
MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Rescue crews are still searching Laurel Creek in Lenore for the body of a man who's believed to have drowned after an ATV accident.

It's been three days since anyone's seen 43-year-old Roger Urban from Lenore. First responders believe he fell into the creek behind his home after an ATV accident. His ATV was recovered, but he wasn't found.

Rescue crews from four counties have spent the past three days searching the water and banks.

On Monday, divers used a camera to aid in the search. They also attempted to clear out a 15-foot debris pile, built up after Friday night's storm.

"We found a bridge here that's got a lot of debris, logs, and trash, so they're removing that by hand, a piece at a time," Lenore Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jeffrey Farris said.

Urban's family has been waiting for answers since his disappearance, many of them helping out in the search, including his teenage son. Family members say Urban was loved by the entire community. They say he would give you the shirt off his back and never ask for anything in return.

Rescue crews will stop searching Monday night when it gets dark. They will resume again first thing Tuesday morning. Farris says they won't stop until they find Urban's body.



ORIGINAL STORY 8/24/14
MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Rescue Crews spent Sunday searching Laurel Creek in the Lenore area of Mingo County for a man believed to have drown after an ATV crash.

Rescue crews say the man, whose name isn't being released right now, disappeared into the water behind his home Saturday night.

The man and his ATV fell into Laurel Creek and he never came up out of the water.

Crews recovered the ATV in the creek on Sunday, but search efforts near the wreckage were unsuccessful.

High and swift waters from heavy flooding in the area contributed to the danger of the water, according to first responders. They say the search and rescue has been turned into a recovery effort.

Lenore Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jeffrey Farris says the search stopped Saturday night at dark and will likely stop Sunday at dark if the man's body hasn't been found.

"We will not stop the search until we come up with him. If we have to go farther down to the main river and start by this way. We're not gonna stop. We ain't gonna call it off until we come up with him," Farris said.

The search will resume first thing Monday morning.

Crews from five counties came to Lenore, with more than 60 people helping the recovery efforts. Many of them are volunteers.

Boats and divers were sent to search in three different stages, including areas with bridges and debris.

While the man's name isn't being released, volunteers say the entire community knows him well.

They say he's had some health problems recently, but was a wonderful friend to everyone in his town.

"He's real good man, honest, nice to talk to. Just a real good person," Jay Hinkle said.

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