Sheriff’s Dept. working to identify deceased man left at hospital

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department is working to identify a deceased African-American male who was dropped off at War Memorial Hospital this morning, July 13, and are investigating the circumstances of his death.

Deputy Luke Shambaugh is the lead investigator in the case.

According to a press release from Sheriff K.C. Bohrer, the unidentified male, believed to be between 25 and 30 years of age, was taken to War Memorial Hospital this morning shortly after 9:30 a.m. by a white female in a pickup truck. The woman, who police did not identify, allegedly told officers that she had given the man a ride along Harrison Avenue in northern Berkeley Springs and she knew him only as “Elgin.” The woman said she took the man to the hospital when he became unconscious.

Deputy Shambaugh said staff at the hospital removed the man from the pickup truck and attempted to render aid but he was already deceased. Morgan County Medical Examiner Christy Duckwall was called to the hospital to perform a post mortem investigation.

The driver of the pickup left the hospital. Sheriff Bohrer said the woman was later identified and he located and interviewed her at the Sheetz in Hancock. He said “she appeared to be heavily under the influence and disoriented” at the time of the interview.

Police described the man as being 5’6″ tall and weighing 110 pounds. They have reason to believe he may be from Montgomery County, Md. Chief Deputy John Walter has contacted Montgomery County police as part of the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident or information about the identity of the deceased man should contact Deputy Luke Shambaugh at the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department at 304-258-1067.

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