CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Suspected copper theft has caused another death.
A Logan County man suspected of trying to steal copper was found dead in the woods near Omar.
David James Marcum II, 28, of Omar was found electrocuted Saturday morning on a hilltop in the woods not far from his home.
Trooper J.E. Garren said Marcum's friends and family called the Logan detachment Friday evening to report him missing. They told the trooper they had not seen or heard from Marcum since Wednesday morning.
"We started hearing he was trying to cut down lines for copper," Garren said. "It was too dangerous to go up there that night.
"If he really was cutting down power lines we didn't want to take the chance that some of the lines were down."
In addition to the danger of downed lines, he said the area where they would search had a number of sinkholes and old coalmines. Residents in the area also have reported multiple bear sightings.
Garren said friends and family members formed search parties with the troopers Saturday and went into the woods.
"It didn't take us long," Garren said. "We found the power lines on the ground. He wasn't too far from them."
Marcum was pronounced dead at the scene. Garren said electrocution was the obvious cause of death.