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Search ends for jumper's body

November 25, 2012
From staff reports , Weirton Daily Times

CHESTER - Authorities have suspended their search for the body of Tim Ralston, the man who police say attacked his wife and son with a pipe on Tuesday.

Ralston, in his early 50s, of Chester, reportedly jumped off the Jennings Randolph Bridge Tuesday following a dispute with his wife and 21-year-old son, Hancock County Sheriff Mike White said.

Ralston allegedly injured both family members with a pipe, then fled their High Acres Drive home in a pickup truck. The vehicle later was found abandoned on the bridge, and witnesses told police they saw Ralston leave the truck and jump into the Ohio River.

Volunteer firefighters from Chester and Newell dragged the river in search of Ralston's body on Tuesday and Wednesday and part of Thursday and Friday.

Chester Fire Chief John Hissam said Ralston's body probably won't be found until it surfaces.

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