KINGWOOD, W.Va. — A Preston County man is in Ruby Memorial Hospital after being rescued from a heavily wooded area where he fell.

A rescue effort comprised of more than 35 volunteers, first responders, and search and rescue dogs searched for Joshua Marchman, 29, Thursday evening.

Marchman had been missing since Tuesday, when his mother took him to Preston Memorial Hospital. Police said he left the area in an unknown direction.

At 6:45 p.m. Thursday, rescuers found Marchman. He had apparently fallen 30 feet and rolled an additional distance.

Safely removing Marchman required several hours. He was then taken to Preston High School’s football field and airlifted to Ruby Memorial Hospital.

The Preston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

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