State Police investigating man found shot to death near Elkins

BEVERLY — The Elkins Detachment of the West Virginia State Police said a man was found shot to death just south of town on Monday.

“On Monday, November 13, 2023, at approximately 10:47 a.m., Trooper B.K. Riffle responded to 1366 Ward Road for a deceased male, Preston L. Higgins,” according to a press release from the State Police. “Upon arrival, Trp. Riffle discovered the deceased male had a gunshot wound to his chest, along with a bruise/abrasion to his forehead.”

Higgins was found dead in his driveway by his cousin, who went to check on him after not hearing from him for several days.

“The victim was discovered by his cousin, Robert Higgins, who advised no one had heard from the victim in several days, so he went to check on him and discovered him in the driveway deceased,” the release states. “State Police Crime Scene was called out to process the scene and Tpr. Riffle will be conducting this investigation.”

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