The Warren County Sheriff’s Office was called to the Riverton Boat Landing on June 29, 2010 at approximately 4:22 p.m. to investigate the possible drowning of a nine year old boy from Bunker Hill, WV. Investigators have determined that the boy arrived at the boat landing with his grandfather and two other family members, ages ten and eleven, to fish and swim.
Investigators interviewed the family members and several other witnesses at the scene and have determined that the three boys were playing on the upriver side of the dam when the nine year old boy slipped on rocks in the water and was swept into a large hole on the north end of the dam by the swift water current. Two of the eye witnesses said the boy was very quickly pulled under the water after he fell. The ten year old family member borrowed a cell phone from another person near the dam and called 911.
On June 30, 2010 at approximately 12:25 p.m., fire and rescue officials recovered the body of the nine year old boy.
Investigators have determined this to be a very tragic, accidental death.
Sheriff Daniel McEathron would like to thank all of the personnel who worked tirelessly through the night as a team to bring this tragedy to conclusion. Sheriff McEathron and the staff of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office extend our deepest sympathy to the family of this young boy.
From a release.