UPDATE: Body of man found near St. Joseph's Landing identified

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Update 5/31/2018 1:22 P.M.

Parkersburg Police say a man whose body was found May 21 near the St. Joseph's Landing parking garage on Murdoch Avenue has been identified as a homeless man from Mason County.

Chief Joseph Martin named the victim as Gregory William Young, 35, of Mason County.

The cause of his death has not been determined. Chief Martin says there are no obvious signs of foul play. He says Young, who was homeless, had been deceased for two to two-and-a-half weeks.

The body was sent to the state medical examiner's office after it was discovered the afternoon of Monday, May 21, near the parking garage of the former St. Joseph's Hospital.


UPDATE: 5/22/2018

Parkersburg Police are still trying to identify a man's body found Monday afternoon near the St. Joseph's Landing parking garage on Murdoch Avenue.

Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin says investigators are waiting for the results of an autopsy being done at the state medical examiner's office in Charleston.

However, Martin says because the body was so badly decomposed, investigators might have to use other forensic evidence to identify the man.

An employee of St. Joseph's Landing found the body about 5:00 P.M. Monday, outside near the south side of the parking structure.

Martin says there was no obvious cause of death for the victim and says the man might have been dead for more than a week.


ORIGINAL STORY: 5/21/2018, 5:30 P.M.

Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin says the body of a deceased male was found around 5 P.M. Monday, outside near the south side of the parking structure at St. Joseph's Landing, formerly St. Joseph's Hospital.

There is no obvious cause of death or identity of the individual. Chief Martin says the person is believed to have been deceased for several days to a week.

It was recovered early Monday evening by members of the Parkersburg Fire Department.

Martin says the body is being sent to the state medical examiner's office in Charleston for an autopsy.