March 14, 2014
PHILIPPI, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia officials have confirmed a sixth death caused by Superstorm Sandy.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin spokeswoman Amy Shuler Goodwin said Wednesday that the state had verified the sixth death, but she did not immediately have details or know where it occurred.
The state medical examiner previously had confirmed five deaths caused by the storm, which dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of the state Monday and Tuesday.
Local officials had identified a sixth death -- a Barbour County man who died while shoveling snow -- but earlier Wednesday the medical examiner's office had not confirmed that it was storm-related.
It was not clear whether this was the sixth death identified by the governor's office.