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UPDATE: Charleston Police Identify Man's Body; Name Released

By: Brooks Jarosz Email
By: Brooks Jarosz Email

UPDATE 9/4/12 @ 11:35 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- We are learning more about a tragic accident in Charleston that ended with a member of the U.S. Navy dead.

Charleston Police say Marrion Phillips was trying to cross a bridge on Interstate 64 near the Virginia Street exit on Saturday morning. He fell through a 4-foot gap separating the east and westbound lanes and died.

Phillips was from Ripley, W.Va., and leaves behind a wife and two children.

He had just returned last month from an overseas deployment.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A body was discovered on the banks of the Kanawha River and police are still trying to piece together what happened.

Officers say they were called to the scene underneath the Interstate 64 bridge about 8 a.m. Saturday. They say the autopsy shows the man fell to his death and no foul play is suspected.

Detectives aren't sure if this was an accident or what caused the man to fall between the gap in the bridges. They say several abandoned vehicles were found on the interstate bridge but believe the victim was not driving one of them.

Police say the man did not have any identification in him. He's a black man in his twenties between 5'6" and 5'7", 150 to 160 pounds. If you have any information call Charleston Police at 304-348-6480.

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