A 10-year-old West Virginia boy was found dead days after he went missing while hunting with his grandfather, according to multiple media reports.
The boy, identified in his online obituary as Wyatt Eaves-Nibert, had gone missing Saturday morning in Point Pleasant, West Va., West Virginia MetroNews reported, citing the Mason County Sheriff’s Office. He was found dead Sunday with a single gunshot wound.
Police initially responded to the area due to an ATV accident involving the boy’s grandfather that occurred an hour after the 10-year-old went missing, the outlet reported. Wyatt reportedly had a .22 rifle with him, MetroNews reported. Investigators have not said if foul play is suspected.
“Wyatt was very trained on gun safety,” Wyatt’s mother, Adrienne Nibert told WCHS. “He knew not to walk around without the safety off and he knew to carry the gun on his back with it pointed in the air. He had very good trigger discipline.”
Adrienne, told WCHS that her son was best friends with his grandfather and that the pair went squirrel hunting. She told the outlet that Wyatt and his grandfather were eating lunch when Wyatt said he was going to go for a walk to look for squirrels. When Wyatt’s grandfather yelled out for him after cleaning up, he could not find him, Adrienne said.
According to his obituary, Wyatt “enjoyed hunting, fishing, wrestling, heavy metal music and anything to do with the military.”
He is survived by his parents, two siblings, two grandparents, three great-grandparents and a great-great-grandmother. He was in fifth grade at Roosevelt Elementary School in Mason County.
WSAZ 3 reported that Wyatt’s body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for further investigation.