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Mother of 29-year-old found in West Fork River speaks out about her son’s death

Published: Jul. 28, 2020 at 7:02 PM EDT
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HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - Back in March, 29-year-old Anthony Holyfield was found along the bank of the West Fork River, and Holyfield’s mother, Irene Simpson, believes there’s more behind his death.

“If you’re in water, why wasn’t there water in the lungs?”

This is just one of the many questions Simpson has in regards to her son’s death. Holyfield had been missing since the day after Thanksgiving, according to his mother. He was suppose to go to the store and come home, but never did.

“I know as teenagers and young men and women, they get into things but basically he was a good boy,” Simpson said.

According to a statement from Clarksburg Police back in April, Holyfield’s cause of death had not been determined. Simpson says many think he drowned or it was an accident, but she believes there’s more to the story.

“My son was a good swimmer, he could swim,” she said. “I don’t understand, I just want answers, I want to know why.” 

Finding the answers is something Simpson doesn’t plan on giving up on.

“We really don’t know if it’s our loved one or not, and I want the world to know, that was my baby, that was my youngest son,” Simpson said.

Clarksburg Police Chief, Mark Kiddy, said the case is still pending, and as of April, it takes six to eight months before they receive the toxicology report.

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