Missing NB man turns up in W.Va. hospital

By Frank Lewis

March 13, 2014

By Frank Lewis


A man reported missing earlier in the week may have hopped a train before ending up in a West Virginia hospital.

James Lewis, 39, of New Boston, had been reported missing by his mother, Patty Stout, and much of the search for him was concentrated in Kentucky where he lived before separating from his wife. Thursday morning, the New Boston Police Department received a call from the Williamson Memorial Hospital in Williamson, W.Va., that Lewis was brought into the emergency room by an officer from the Williamson Police Department.

Captain Steve Goins of the New Boston Police Department said Lewis told officers in Williamson that he had hopped a coal train and rode the train to that area and got off. A police officer said he observed Lewis walking around and stopped him. That’s when the officer transported Lewis to the hospital where he was admitted for observation and a mental health evaluation.

Earlier Thursday morning, NBPD also had received a call from a man who lives on Lambros Lane near Ohio 522 in Wheelersburg who said he knew James Lewis, and while the man was waiting on the school bus to drop off his child from school on Monday at around 3:45 p.m., he saw Lewis walking along the railroad tracks and he said Lewis stopped and asked for a cigarette. The man said that Lewis then continued eastbound walking on the access road toward the Greenup Dam Bridge. At that time the man did not know Lewis had been reported missing and when the man read the article in the Daily Times Thursday morning he called into the NBPD.

Goins said Thursday that the family of Lewis had been notified and he assumed they would be going to the hospital soon.

Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.