Man killed in a fight; suspect jumps into Guyandotte River and disappears

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- More details have been released about a beating that led to a man's death and the suspect missing after he jumped into the Guyandotte River, our crew at the scene reports.

Huntington Police say the beating happened about 8:30 p.m. Thursday on the west bank of the Guyandotte River near the 5th Avenue bridge.

Witnesses tell police the suspect ran along the bank toward the 3rd Avenue bridge where he jumped into the water and hasn't been seen since. The Guyandotte River flows into the Ohio River near that area.

At one point, officers spotted the suspect clinging to an area on the bank. When they approached him, he started swimming from one side of the river to the other and disappeared.

People who were fishing in the area and witnessed what happened were taken to police headquarters to be interviewed.

Police say there were several alcohol containers at the scene of the fight, so alcohol is being investigated as a possible factor.

ORIGINAL STORY 5/4/17 @ 10:01 p.m.HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A man was killed Thursday night and a suspect jumped off the 3rd Avenue bridge into the Guyandotte River, Huntington Police say.

Officers say the man who jumped was last seen going under the water. He hasn’t been seen since.

Police say there was a fight between the two men before the suspect jumped. The Guyandotte River feeds into the Ohio River in that area.

Officers say they will be working throughout the night looking for the suspect. They have witnesses at the police station.

No names have been released at this time.

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