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Mon Sheriff: ‘No updates to release’ on human remains found Labor Day weekend

Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department officials told The Dominion Post Monday they still have “no updates to release” on the identification of the human remains found at Coopers Rock State Forest on Sept. 3.

Sheriff Palmer said they will be unable to release a name until they receive a positive identification from the West Virginia State Medical Examiner’s Office. 

There are currently two individuals who have been reported missing in the area; however, it cannot be confirmed if the remains belong to either person.

Local doctor John Lawson Magruder, 39, of Morgantown, was last seen in the Morgantown area on July 27.  Area law enforcement and search and rescue crews searched part of the Coopers Rock area after locating the doctor’s car there, but called off the search after several days.

Since then, little information has been released on the investigation into Magruder’s disappearance.  He is described as a white male, 5’11”, and weighing approximately 260 pounds. 

Bryn Hargreaves, 36, was reported missing in the Cheat Lake area of Morgantown in early January.  Hargreaves, who is originally from Wigan, England, was living at Whisper Creek Apartments in the Cheat Lake area, but little is known about his last known location.  

Searches for Hargreaves in the Cheat Lake area have been unsuccessful.  He is described as a white male with brown hair, 6’2” in height, weighing around 220 pounds, with a tattoo of a family crest on his right arm.  

If you have information regarding either Magruder or Hargreaves, please call the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office at 304-291-7260.

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