Body Pulled From River Is That of Missing Man

The body of a man found in the Ohio River on April 16 has been positively identified as that of Timothy Ralston, 52, of Chester.

Ralston was identified from dental records obtained by the West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, said office spokeswoman Marsha Dadisman.

Ralston was last seen Nov. 20, 2012, by witnesses who said he jumped off the Jennings Randolph Bridge. Ralston was being pursued by police at the time for attacking his estranged wife and 21-year-old son with a pipe.

Authorities said Ralston fled their High Acres Drive home and drove his pickup truck down the U.S. 30 hill to the bridge, where he jumped into the Ohio River.

Ralston was missing for nearly five months, and the place where he was found, near the Wellsville Intermodal Facility, is about 7 miles south of the Jennings Randolph Bridge.