Police Pull Missing Men from Logan County Mine

By: Tim Irr & Paul Gessler Email
By: Tim Irr & Paul Gessler Email

UPDATE Saturday:

Family members of two men who were missing in a Logan County coal mine are reacting to the news.

"This is a happy outcome to what coudl have been a tragic situation," said Donald Ellis. "We're tickled to death."

Mine safety teams say Danny Maynard and Josh Ellis dodged disaster. Police say they went into the mine to try to steal copper.

The men were missing for a week.

Joshua's step-father used to work in the mines and says family members looked high and low for their missing loved one.

"It was really a relief when they came down here and told me they were leading them out now," Ellis said. "I sure wasn't expecting that now, I'll be honest with you.

The two men were taken to a hospital. They will likely end up behind bars.

UPDATE 10 p.m. Friday:

Call it an amazing story of survival that should have two men lucky to be alive, but instead, they'll soon be behind bars.

Within the last couple of hours, a special MSHA rescue crew pulled two men out of a mine near Buffalo Creek in Logan County.

Police say the pair went into the mine last Friday night to steal copper, but they got lost. Somehow they survived a week in the mine and weren't found until Friday night.

They won't avoid the law. Once they're checked out at the hospital, they'll each face a long list of charges.

Breaking News at 6 p.m. Friday:

State Police in Logan County, West Virginia are looking for two men who may be in an abandoned mine.

We're told family members of the two called police after they spotted their truck outside an old mine near Buffalo Creek. The men have actually been missing since last Friday, but police weren't made aware until yesterday.

An agent with the FBI who was in Logan County today investigating copper thefts at local mines was called in on this investigation.

We have a crew in route to the scene. Stay tuned to WSAZ NewsChannel 3 and WSAZ.com for the latest on this developing story.

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