UPDATE: Investigation continues into December, 2016 discovery of body found inside vehicle

PARKERSBURG, W.Va.- Update: 7/5/2017 2:45 P.M.

The Wood County Sheriff's office continues collecting evidence from the discovery of a man's body inside a burning vehicle in December, 2016.


UPDATE: 02/02/2017 11:20 A.M.

It’s been two months since authorities found a body inside a burned vehicle near Mineral Wells.

Now, that person has been identified.

Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens says he was Michael Allen Cumberledge, whose last known address was on Pine Street in Parkersburg.

The cause of death remains under investigation, and Stephens says the West Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office used dental records to identify the body.

The body was found inside a 2005 Chrysler Sebring convertible following the early-morning fire on Badgley Fork Road on Dec. 1.

The fire was in a remote area with few homes or buildings, but a homeowner from some distance away saw the fire and called 911.


The West Virginia Fire Marshal's office confirms a fatal vehicle fire on Badgley Fork Road near Mineral Wells.

The fire happened overnight, and is being investigated by the Wood County Sheriff and the state fire marshal.

A detective with the Wood County Sheriff's office says the car, a two-door sedan, was found in a ditch off the roadway.

There are few homes or buildings in the area, but a homeowner from some distance away saw the fire and called 911.

A body was found after the fire was put out by the Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department.

Wood County Assistant Prosecutor Pat Lefebure said an identification could not be made, and that the body has been taken to the State Medical Examiner's office.

We will report any new developments as they become available.