Victims Bodies Recovered


Point Pleasant Register, Point Pleasant, WV
Saturday, December 16, 1967
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Divers Begin Search For Untold Loss

...Injured were Frank Wamsley, Point Pleasant; Mrs. Margaret Cantrell, Gallipolis Ferry; Mrs. Charles Wood, Gallipolis; William Edmonson, King, NC; William Needham Jr., Ashboro, NC; Paul Scott, Middleport; Della Boggs, address unknown; Howard Boggs, Porter-Bidwell, O.; Frank Nunn, Winston-Salem, NC; Sam Ellis, Winston-Salem...

Point Pleasant Register, Point Pleasant, WV
Saturday, December 16, 1967
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Eyewitnesses Tell Of Tragedy

A former Point Pleasant resident who now resides in Gallipolis, Mrs. Charlene Clark Woods, narrowly escaped the tragedy.
Mrs Woods said "I was going home and had just gone through the red light at Main and Sixth Street when I started over the bridge. I was traveling in the right lane about 15 miles an hour when this car in front of me started going in."..."The only thing that saved me was that I came up to my mother's to get my car."...
...Roger Wysell of Mason, said he was enroutre to his home after finishing his day's work at Ohio Valley Bank in Gallipolis when the bridge fell.
Hysell said he and a passenger Cathy Zuspan also of Mason were riding up Ohio Route 7 near the light at the bridge when Cathy screamed, "My God the bridge is falling."...

Daily Tribune, Gallipolis, OH
Thursday, December 21, 1967
32nd Body From River Identified

Mrs George (Hilda) Byus, 30 of 198 Park Dr., Pt. Pleasant, and her two-year-old daughter, Kimberly Byus, were the 31st and 32nd bodies recovered from the Ohio River Silver Bridge disaster scene. Both were brought up this morning in a 1967 blue Ford Mustang.
Still among the missing is a daughter, Kathy Byus, 10, who was a passenger in the car with her mother and sister.
This brings to 32 the number of recovered and identified bodies in the Silver Bridge disaster.
Thomas H (Bus) Lee, 55, Gallipolis, early today was the 30th body recovered.
Recovery of eight victims Wednesday made that day the most productive of any since last Friday when the bridge crumbled into the river loaded with vehicles stalled in rush hour congestion.
The driver of a truck recovered last night was identified today as Forrest R Higley, Rt. 2, Bidwell, and driver of a James Merry dump truck.
The seven others recovered on Wednesday were J O Bennett, 31, Walnut Grove, NC; G H Mabe, 25, High Point, NC; Leo Sanders, 43, Point Pleasant; Ronnie G Moore, 23, Crown City Rt.; Donna Casey, 27, Gallipolis, OH and James Hawkins, 33, Westerville, OH.
The latest recoveries left an estimated 20 persons on the police reported missing list.
The nine persons who survived Friday evening's bridge disaster are all reported in satisfactory condition at Pleasant Valley and Holzer Hospitals.

Daily Tribune, Gallipolis, OH
January 1968
Mother, Daughter Bodies Recovered

GALLIPOLIS - The official death toll of the December 15, 1967 Silver Bridge disaster climbed to 41 Saturday after recovery workers located the final missing auto which contained two more bodies.
West Virginia State Police late Saturday identified the two as Marjorie S Boggs, 18, Rt. 1, Vinton, and Kristie Ann Boggs, 18 months, same address, wife and daughter of Howard Boggs.
The Boggs vehicle was pulled up be a MT Epling Company derrick. Friday night it was reported workers had hooked onto an object, but could not bring it to the surface.
Workers found the Boggs vehicle, a red 1965 Chevrolet sedan, at 3:14 pm, near the Ohio tower pier (mid-stream) approximately 25 feet to the left (facing the Ohio shore) from where the giant structure once stood. The remains were taken to a funeral home in Point Pleasant.
It was the 24th vehicle raised from the Ohio River since the structure fell over six weeks ago….