|By Brandy Brubaker, The Dominion Post, Morgantown, W.Va.|
Her husband, Fred, has been missing for three months. Authorities believe he drowned in the
Fred, 62, retired from coal mining in January. During his working years, his wife of 44 years had kept busy as a homemaker and stay-at-home mother. They were looking forward to spending their golden years together.
Instead, Roberta is mourning his likely death while struggling to get her finances in order.
"It's more than I can take," she said.
McCauley said she was told she's not entitled to her husband's
She said a representative of her office would contact McCauley on Tuesday.
According to state code, a person who has been missing for seven years shall be presumed dead unless proof to the contrary is provided. Presumption of death can be declared earlier if sufficient evidence can be provided.
A representative of Sen.
The press offices of Sen.
So far, he's had no luck.
"We'd like to bring some closure to this family," Propst said.
Propst said proof that
He can be seen on the footage pulling into the parking lot at
The video shows him at the end of the pier for 10 to 15 minutes before he disappears from the shot. There was no place else to go but into the river, Propst said.
His family suspects a medical problem might be to blame. He'd had seven stents put in his heart, suffered from diabetes, got dialysis three times a week and took medication that made him sleepy,
The day after he disappeared, there was a severe storm in the area, which resulted in widespread flooding.
"It was just the perfect storm when he went missing," Propst said. "The water came up 10 feet the next day. All the locks and dams were opened."
Everything from the person's size to the depth and temperature of the water to the person's last meal can play a role.
The flooding the area experienced right after the search began is crucial. Because the locks were open, Williams said he wouldn't be surprised at all if the body is found in the
"The chances of finding him anywhere close are probably slim," Williams said.
The 981-mile river empties into the
Williams estimated that a body in the river since late February would likely be found in the next couple of weeks, possibly as early as this weekend.
Williams said people who drown in rivers almost always surface at some point. Those who drown in lakes sometimes don't surface.
McCauley said she hopes someone finds her husband's remains soon.
"It's been so long, we'd like to know what happened to him," she said. " … We were always together. We were never apart."
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