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'Christmas Miracle:' Man found alive after two nights missing

Anthony Scott Testerman, courtesy family Anthony Scott Testerman, courtesy family
Anthony Scott Testerman, courtesy State Police Anthony Scott Testerman, courtesy State Police

ANAWALT (WVVA) - The Bluefield man missing in McDowell County has been found, a family member tells WVVA News.

The family member says 51-year-old Anthony Scott Testerman was found by a co-worker walking along Route 161 in the Anawalt area Wednesday morning.

Testerman's daughter, Victoria, called her father's return a 'Christmas Miracle,' when speaking to WVVA News Wednesday afternoon.

"I am so excited that my dad was found," she said. "With all the bad news that you hear this is just a Christmas Miracle. When they first found him he was really cold. He said it was really cold last night. He is just really disoriented."

Testerman was taken to Bluefield Regional Medical Center for observations.


ECKMAN (WVVA) - Multiple agencies are searching for a Mercer County man who was last seen leaving work in McDowell County Monday evening.

Trooper B.D. Gillespie with the Welch detachment of the West Virginia State Police tells WVVA News that a call was received at 1:13 a.m. from concerned family members who said Anthony Scott Testerman had not returned home from work.

Testerman lives in Bluefield, but works at the ArcerlorMittal coal prep plant in Eckman, McDowell County.

Testerman was last seen leaving the plant at approximately 7 p.m. Monday in a company vehicle.

Authorities were able to trace Testerman's cellphone to an off road in the Eckman area where they found the truck -- a red Dodge pickup -- and Testerman's belongings, but there was no trace of him.

Co-workers say the road where the truck was found was not on Testerman's normal route. Family members said it was unlike Testerman not to return home after work.

Multiple agencies, including State Police from West Virginia and Virginia, the McDowell County Sheriff's Department, the Department of Natural Resources and co-workers conducted a land and air search that also involved a K9 unit and helicopter.

The search resumed Wednesday morning, after being suspended at nightfall Tuesday.

Gillespie says there are no signs of foul play at this time, but the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact your local authorities.

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