The body of a Martin County, Kentucky man believed to have drowned in the Tug River after attempting to evade police two weeks ago was recovered Friday afternoon, authorities said.
Authorities said the body of Arnold Mills, 28, of Turkey Creek in Martin County, was recovered after being spotted floating in the water by a Martin County motorist at around 2 p.m.
According to Kermit Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tommy "Tomahawk" Preece, the body was recovered on the Martin County side of the river by members of the Martin County Sheriff's Department, with the assistance of Martin County REAC, the Warfield Volunteer Fire Department, and the KVFD.
According to authorities, shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday, April 18, Martin County Sheriff's deputies attempted to perform a traffic stop on Mills and three other occupants of a vehicle in Warfield when the vehicle sped away.
Martin County deputies pursued the vehicle across the Kermit Bridge into Mingo County, authorities said, where it abruptly stopped just long enough for Mills to exit the vehicle and enter the river.
Preece said the Kermit VFD Swift Water and Rescue team conducted a search until about 2 a.m. Sunday, at which time the search was suspended.
An intensive recovery operation involving numerous boats, helicopter and drone aerial searches, as well as cadaver dogs, began later Sunday morning and continued through April 26, at which time the search was suspended until the river's current above normal level had time to recede.