Ohio man drowns over Fourth of July weekend


WEST COLUMBIA, W.Va. — A man is dead after a Fourth of July weekend drowning.

West Virginia State Police say that the victim, Rickie Icenhower, 54, of Dexter, Ohio was staying at a campground in West Columbia, West Virginia with his family during the weekend.

Police say they received a call between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. Sunday morning, and when they arrived on scene Icenhower’s body was at the edge of the river. After speaking to family, police determined that Icenhower had suffered from alcohol-related dementia in the past. Officers said that Icenhower may have gotten up in the middle of the night to relieve himself at the edge of the river, where the family found his body the next morning.

A medical examiner said there were no signs of a physical struggle and pronounced Icenhower dead at the scene.

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