UPDATE: Family of Elderly Man Found Dead in the Snow Shares Legacy

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UPDATE 1/24/14 @ 11:21p.m.
CRAIGSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Nicholas County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Paul O'Dell tells WSAZ.com Dana Carte, 79, was found dead just off Route 19 in Muddelty, W.Va.

Now, family members are dwelling not on how Carte died, but how he lived.

"A loving father, and husband, and just a man that would help anyone," said David Cutlip, a brother-in-law to Dana Carte.

Carte's legacy was 79 years in the making, though the final hours will remain a mystery for the Craigsville resident.

"He took his son to Birch River to meet his aunt," said David Cutlip. "He got a bag of ice at the Go-Mart in Birch River and then was heading home."

However, Carte never made it home. After disappearing Monday night, Nicholas County Sheriff's deputies found him Friday in Muddelty, W.Va.

They believe Carte's truck got hung up and caught fire, forcing him to seek shelter in the cold, snow-covered woods.

"With the weather and all that, we wasn't sure when we would find him, or if we'd find him," said Carte's sister-in-law Cindy Cutlip.

However, the extreme weather, didn't stop volunteers from going out to help in the search.

"There was some gentlemen that walked the ol' Pals Mountain Road Tuesday in a foot of snow," said David Cutlip.

A community that will now be there for Carte's wife and the grandchildren he's been helping to raise.

"When the kids got off the bus in the morning he was right there to greet 'em," said Cindy Cutlip. "You know, he tucked them in bed at night, gave them their baths."

It has been a brutal weather snap, that in Nicholas County, has proven deadly. It has a family finding some comfort in the warm hearts of the community, all pulling together to help the Cartes through this tragedy.



UPDATE 1/24/14 @ 3 p.m.
SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Family and friends are grieving the loss of their loved who was found on a snow-covered road.

Nicholas County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Paul O'Dell tells WSAZ.com Dana Carte, 79, was found dead Friday.

He had been reported missing earlier in the week.

Deputies say he was about 5 miles down a dirt road, behind the State Highway garage, just off Route 19 in Muddelty, W.Va.

Deputies say he was found about 11:30 a.m.

Investigators believe that Carte drove down a dirt road next to the garage, where his vehicle got hung up and eventually caught fire. They say he was able to escape the vehicle and wandered off into the woods later that night, where he passed away due to the brutal weather conditions.

Deputies say they found him while searching the area, which they say is quite large, dangerous and snow covered.

Carte's death is not suspicious, according to the sheriff's office.



UPDATE 1/23/14 @ 10:21 p.m.
SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The car of a missing 79-year-old man has been found.

That is according to a social media posting by the family of Dana Carte.

Carte was not located when his vehicle was discovered.

According to the post from family the vehicle was found near the State Road garage near Muddelty, West Virginia.

The elderly man, who has dementia and could be lost or confused, was reported missing earlier this week.

At the time of his disappearance he was wearing a reddish tan deer shirt, blue jean, boots, and green plaid flannel coat.

He may also be wearing a grey and black coal mining hat.

Dispatchers didn't have any new information to release when contacted by WSAZ.com.

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ORIGINAL STORY 1/21/14 @ 10:54 a.m.
SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A 79-year-old man from Nicholas County has been reported missing.

The Nicholas County Sheriff’s Office says Dana Carte, of Craigsville, was last seen driving a 2010 Chevrolet HHR in the Birch River area about 9:30 p.m. Monday.

The car has W.Va. license OVZ263.

Mr. Carte was wearing a reddish tan deer shirt, blue jean, boots, and green plaid flannel coat. He may also be wearing a grey and black coal mining hat

Anyone who has seen Mr. Carter or his vehicle is asked to contact the Nicholas County sheriff’s Office at 304-872-4911.

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


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