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Investigation remains ongoing in Lawson murder



PROCTORVILLE — The investigation into the May death of a Proctorville man continues, according to Sheriff Jeff Lawless.

On May 20, the body of James Alan Lawson was found in the Ohio River near Glenwood in Mason County, W.Va. Lawson had been reported missing by his ex-wife Paula Lawson since April 28, when he left their home to check on rental property he owned in Ironton. Paula Lawson told authorities she did not hear from Lawson after he left Proctorville that day.

“I met with the detectives (Wednesday) and the investigation is ongoing,” Lawless said.

Earlier in May the 1999 blue Ford Taurus Lawson had been driving on the day he disappeared was found in the 1900 block of James River Road in Huntington, W.Va., by Huntington Police Department. It had been left in the parking lot of a ball field. The car was searched by Lawrence County Sheriff’s detectives who found no signs of foul play.

“Evidence continues to be collected in the case,” Lawless said. “Our hope is to get this matter resolved as quickly as possible.”

Lawless continues to decline to name suspects, motive or cause of death.