NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. — Weeks of searching for a missing Hancock County teenager may have come to an end.

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Anthony “Tony” Pittman, 16, was reported missing on May 29.

Deputies with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday they believe a body found this week may be that of 16-year-old Anthony “Tony” Pittman.

Investigators were awaiting the results of an autopsy to confirm that preliminary identification.  Pittman’s family members had been notified.

The body was found in a small ravine, located in a wooded area, about 300 yards from Pittman’s family’s property in New Cumberland.  Members of a Tyler County canine search and rescue team joined deputies, local firefighters and other Hancock County officials for the search earlier this week.

The Oak Glen High School student was reported missing on May 29. Since then, the search for him has stretched to North Carolina as deputies followed up on possible sightings or other tips about Pittman’s possible location.

The search returned to Pittman’s home Monday after all of the available leads were exhausted.

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  • WV Outdoorsman

    I'd say that whoever provided the "lead" that suggested he was in NC, may have something to do with his disappearance. Sounds suspicious to me..
    Prayers for the family..

  • Billy

    Tony was a great friend and guy he will be missed

  • Jason412

    It took them almost a month to find someone who was 300 yards from his family property? They checked NC before they thought to check near his home? Sounds like a lot of time, money, and other resources wasted. I feel bad for the family, and I'm sure it's even worse they waited with hope for a month when they could have had closure far earlier.

    • Paige

      I knew Tony and don't understand how this would happen to him but what I really can't wrap my head around is how he could be missing that long and they claim to have even searched in North Carolina but he was found 300 yards from his house. Somethings shady I just hope for justice. Tony will be missed very much.