Ohio man drowns over Fourth of July weekend

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

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

Police said they received a call between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. Sunday and when they arrived on scene, Icenhower’s body was at the edge of the river. After speaking to the family, police determined that Icenhower had suffered from alcohol-related dementia in the past.

Officers said 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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