UPDATE: Police Identify Body Found in Kanawha River

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 9/1/14 @ 5:40 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police have identified the body found in the Kanawha River on Sunday.

Richard Hanson, 47, of Charleston, was discovered by a 13-year old boy outside of his family's home.

"I was chasing my dog down by the river and I found the dead body," said Nicholas Harris. "I thought it might have been a mannequin that maybe fell off a transport boat or something."

Once Harris realized what he was looking at, he told his parents. At first, they didn't believe him.

"Then they came down here to take a look. Then they called 911 after they realized it was real."

The parents of Richard Hanson tell WSAZ.com that he went missing on Saturday. They were watching the news on Sunday and saw a man's body had been discovered in the river. At that point, they knew it was their son.

Hanson was a lifelong resident of Charleston.

Police have not released a cause of death, saying they're exploring all possibilities. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

UPDATE 8/31/14 @ 11:30 p.m..
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- We now know the name of the man whose body was found by the Kanawha River.

Charleston Police tell WSAZ.com the victim is Richard Hansen, 47, of Charleston.

His body was found by the Kanawha River across from the state capitol.

Police say an autopsy that will be performed tomorrow should tell them more about what happened.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va., (WSAZ) -- Police are on the scene of a body that has been found by the Kanawha River.

Charleston Police tell WSAZ.com that the man's body was found by a 13-year-old boy.

The body has not been identified.

Police are looking through missing person's reports to determine who the person is.

We have a reporter at the scene.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.

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