NEW INFO: Medical Examiner Confirms Body Found is Zachary Boggs

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

UPDATE 8/9/11 @ 4:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The West Virginia State Medical Examiner has positively identified the body found Saturday as Zachary Boggs.

West Virginia State Police say the cause of death is still pending, but the Medical Examiner says there doesn't appear to be any signs of trauma to the body.

The investigation is ongoing and investigators tell they are waiting on other lab results before making a final determination on how Zachary died.

The family has made visitation and funeral arrangements.

Visitation has been set for Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Henson Mortuary in Barboursville. The funeral will be private.

UPDATE 8/7/11 @ 11 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One week of searching boils down to a lifetime of heartache for the family of Zachary Boggs.

West Virginia State Police say a family member found Boggs' body in a pond Saturday evening where he was last seen fishing more than a week ago.

Dive teams searched extensively and dragged the pond twice, but found nothing. No clues, nothing left behind -- just a lot of water with a lot to hide.

"Going into the size of that pond, the depth, the unknown, it was zero visibility," Trooper Hash with the WVSP said. "They searched it twice, we dragged the pond, nothing came up. That's unfortunate, but those things do happen."

Trooper Hash said there was a drain on the southeast side of the pond and over the years it has gathered debris.

State Police said there were no visible signs of trauma or foul play, but the Medical Examiner will answer a lot of questions with an autopsy.

For those who know and love Zachary, the heartbreak is so fresh and powerful -- something Trooper Hash says he can't imagine, but he can feel.

"Devastating. I can't imagine it. When you're investigating stuff like this you have to wear many hats. You can't just be a trooper or a deputy or an officer," Trooper Hash said. "You have to build a relationship with that family it doesn't matter who they are you have to connect with them and that's what I did. You get to understand that person, that family. It was difficult for myself. I feel for that family."

The autopsy report could be returned as early as Monday morning.

UPDATE 8/6/11 @ 11:10pm.
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. (WSAZ) --Breaking news out of Huntington where emergency crews are on the scene where a body has been found. West Virginia State Police tell us they believe it's the body of Zachary Boggs, the 21-year-old who went missing a week ago, but will await autopsy reports from the state medical examiner's office before they can confirm.

We sat down the Boggs family yesterday and this is a family that has been in turmoil all week hoping for the best, but fearing the worst. Tonight, they received the news they absolutely didn't want to hear.
Police tell us family members actually found the body around 7:30pm tonight in a pond within a quarter mile of the family's home. Again, state police can only say it appears to be the body of Zachary Boggs, but they can't make that final determination until an autopsy is performed.

When we talked with the Boggs family yesterday, they told us they last saw Zack Friday night as he was headed out to that pond to go fishing. His dad, Thom, said it was very common for Zack to fish there at night and sometimes even all night. But, when he didn't return the next morning, worry set in, they called police and the search has been on all week. Zack has a fiancee, Sammie, and a three-month-old little girl, Rosie, who just moved back to the area to be with Zack. They were planning an October wedding. This is a story that has touched the entire community. Last night, hundreds of friends and family members gathered for a candlelight vigil to support the family and burn a light of hope for Zachary's safe return.

We'll continue to follow up on the story as we await the official word of whether or not this is the body of Zachary Boggs.
Police hope to receive the autopsy reports as early as Monday.

UPDATE 8/6/11 @ 9:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- State Police Troopers are recovering a body from a pond near the home of a missing man in Huntington.

West Virginia State Police Trooper Hash tells family members of Zachary Boggs found the body at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday in a pond off the 3000 block of Woodville Drive.

Trooper Hash says the body is believed to be that of Zachary Boggs, but a final determination will not be made until after the body is taken to the medical examiner's office and an official autopsy is complete.

No cause of death is known at this time.

Troopers are uncertain if foul play is involved.

We have a crew at the scene.

Keep clicking on for the very latest information.

UPDATE 8/5/11 @ 6:35 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- He was happy, content and looking forward to life and exciting new adventures ahead.

And Zachary Boggs' family says he'd never walk away from all of that voluntarily. But, the 21-year-old is missing. He disappeared a week ago, and no one has heard from

They didn't want to disrupt the investigation. But, police are becoming more concerned that Zachary is in danger, and foul play is involved.

On Friday, his father Thom and fiancee Sammie Schlenker want viewers to know Zachary and then help bring him home.

“He enjoys fishing, camping and doing all types of outdoor activities,” Thom Boggs said.

In fact, the last time Thom saw his son, he was headed out last Friday evening to his favorite fishing spot less than a quarter mile from the house.

“He would go at night," Thom said. "That was common. A lot of young men fish at night. I did it when I was a kid. That was where he was going."

But, Zachary never returned, never called.

“He was never gone for long that one of us didn't know where he was," Thom said. "He would always call or text to let us know where he was and what he was doing."

“The last time we talked, we set our wedding date for October,” Schlenker said.

She and Zachary have a daughter together. But, at 3 months old, Schlenker says her baby knows something's not right.

“Don’t make his daughter go without," she said. "She’s 3 months old. She needs her daddy. If they know anything at all to call, because she needs him. It’s not just the adults that are suffering. It’s a 3-month old baby, and she knows something is going on."

“There's a family that loves him here ... We don't sleep,” Thom said.

The family is asking for anyone who knows anything about Zachary’s whereabouts to call the West Virginia State Police at 304-528-5555.

Schlenker and Rosie just moved back to Huntington from Schlenker's home in Michigan. They arrived last Saturday, right after Zachary was last seen. It's a move they had been planning, and Zachary's family says he was excited about, which makes his disappearance all the more mysterious.

Zachary’s family and friends are holding a candlelight vigil at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at the Ritter Park fountain.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia State Police need help in finding a missing man from Cabell County.

Troopers tell, 21-year-old Zachary Boggs, of Huntington, disappeared about 1 a.m. Saturday. He was last seen at a party at a pond in the area of Woodville Drive.

Trooper W.G. Hash says there were a number of people at that party, some Boggs might not have known.

Hash says after doing interviews, and considering his past history, they are concerned Boggs could be in danger.

On Sunday, troopers used a K-9 and dive teams to search the pond.

Investigators do believe someone knows where Boggs is or what may have happened to him.

Boggs was last seen wearing a black muscle shirt, shorts and black tennis shoes. He has a piercing on his bottom lip and a small patch of hair on his chin. Boggs is about 5'8" and weighs 140 pounds. He has brown hair.

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