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Missing Summers County woman’s death believed to be accidental

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BASS LAKE, W.Va. - A Summers County woman who went missing earlier this month, has found dead.

According to Summers County Sgt. T. J. Cochran, Jeanette Shue was found down New River in Brooks, which is about 5 minutes from her home.

Her body was discovered by a family member. Sgt. Cochran believes she was swept away by high water after storms showered the area about 10 days ago.

The 72-year-old was a resident of Bass Lake where she was last seen.

After Shue went missing a small fire was sparked inside of her home. Sgt. Cochran believes that was due to electrical malfunction. No foul play is suspected at this time, and it's believed that Shue's death was accidental.

"A week in a half or two weeks ago she had possibly went out to check the water next to the residence. I think that the bank gave away and she was washed away with the current. At this time there is no suspicions of any foul play or criminal activity whatsoever. It was just an unfortunate accident," Sgt. Cochran said.

A investigation is currently still open until results of Shue's autopsy comes back from the state medical examiners office in Charleston.

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