Body Found Highlights Community Eyesore

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Mary Parsons wanders along Dunbar Avenue, looking for any speck of hope.

It was two weeks ago that her relative disappeared along the water.

"There was an argument between him and David and he left," said Parsons.

Wednesday night, a man that she says met the description released by police was found in the Kanawha River.

South Charleston police haven't released the the identity yet. However, they did say the body, which was found near Huck Finn's restaurant, had been there for weeks.

"It's very nerve-wracking not knowing for sure," said Parsons.

While Parsons awaits word, many neighbors say the situation brings to light a community eyesore.

"It needs out of there the way it looks. It's in bad shape," said Richard Honaker about Huck Finn's.

Like many, Honaker sees the old, rundown joint daily.

Abandoned for almost a year, the floating bar now rots, collecting trash and releasing more debris into the water.

It's a place like this, and another barge up the river, where Parsons says people like her missing relative would hang out.

"Drink and get away," remembered Parsons.

Though the property technically is in South Charleston, Dunbar's building inspector says the Army Corp of Engineers is spear-heading a plan to tear down the structure in July; leaving the area with one less dilapidated dive.

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