FORT ASHBY - A woman who had been spotted on a trail camera in the woods near Fort Ashby Sunday was found deceased Thursday evening, according to the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources Police.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
FORT ASHBY - A woman who had been spotted on a trail camera in the woods near Fort Ashby Sunday was found deceased Thursday evening, according to the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources Police.
The woman, Marlene Werner, 77, of Fort Ashby, had been the subject of posts on Facebook this week when someone shared images from a trail camera that had filmed her walking in the woods off Patterson Creek Road on Sunday.
The Natural Resources Police were notified about the images on Wednesday and NRP officers, along with deputies from the Mineral County Sheriff’s Department, troopers from the West Virginia State Police, and special operations members of the Fort Ashby and Fountain fire departments, conducted an extensive search of the wooded area near the Eagle’s Nest Campground on Patterson Creek Road.
According to Sgt. Mike Lott of the NRP, Werner’s body was found at approximately 7 p.m. on Creek Ridge.
Earlier in the week, Lott had responded to the same area in response to a report of someone screaming for help. He said he searched the area at that time but could find no one and chalked it up as a hoax. The NRP had not been made aware of the images on the trail camera at that time.
Mineral County medical examiner Chris Guynn was called to the scene Thursday and pronounced the woman deceased.
Werner’s body was sent away for autopsy to determine the exact causes of death, but Lott said no foul play is being suspected at this time.
According to Capt. Mike Stuckey of the NRP, it typically takes at least two to three days to receive the results of an autopsy.