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Meigs County Sheriff Keith O. Wood reports a body discovered Saturday on the banks of the Ohio River has been identified as 16 year old Erika Brown who was reported missing on August 10 from Kanahwa County West Virginia.

Sheriff Wood states that Ernest M. Roach (36 Years of Age) of Racine was taken into custody on federal charges out of Kanahwa County in connection with the disappearance of Erika Brown after being stopped by an Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper.

While Roach was in the custody, the remains of Brown were discovered by a group of individuals camping on the Ohio River. Meigs County Prosecutor Collen Williams states Roach will be charged with Murder on August 2, 2014. Roach is currently in the custody of The United States Marshal Service in South Central Regional Jail in West Virginia.

Sheriff Wood states that the investigation has been a joint effort between The Meigs County Sheriff's Office, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification, Kanahwa County WV. Sheriff's Office, Jackson County WV. Sheriff's Office, and The United Stated Marshal Service.

The investigation is currently ongoing and further details will be released as they become available.

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