Body found on hillside near U.S. 23


PORTSMOUTH- A caller to 911 reported finding a deceased body while walking along railroad tracks just north of Portsmouth city limits Wednesday afternoon.

The body has now been identified as Wilbur Silvia, 48, of McDermott. Silvia had last been seen about a month ago. His remains were identified through the use of fingerprints.

Scioto County Sheriff David Thoroughman said the body has been sent to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy. However, he added that no foul play is suspected.

No missing person report had been filed on Silvia due to his habit of “frequently taking off with no contact being made to family or friends for periods of time,” Thoroughman said.

The original report came into the Scioto County 911 center at 3:28 p.m., Wednesday. The reporting party said they had spotted the deceased individual on a hillside behind a business in the 2200 block of U.S. 23.

Rosemount Fire Department, the Scioto County Coroner, and the sheriff’s office all responded to the scene.

The investigation is still an active one. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Sgt. Jodi Conkel at (740) 351-1091.

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