Shooting on Black Mountain ruled homicide


GRAFTON — Law enforcement officials were called to the scene of an apparent shooting early Saturday morning that claimed the life of a Grafton man.

According to Taylor County Sheriff Terry A. Austin, the call came in at approximately 7:30 a.m. that a family member had located 26-year-old Tyler McKenzie Poston, of Grafton, at a pull-off spot at the top of Black Mountain, on US Route 119 North in Taylor County.

Poston was pronounced dead on the scene, that was located approximately eight miles north of the victim’s home.

Austin reported that the victim had suffered multiple gunshot wounds of a small caliber, which resulted in his death, that is officially being ruled as a homicide.

According to Sheriff Austin, family members reported that the last contact with the victim occurred at 9:30 p.m., Friday night.

Interviews are being conducted with residents in the area, and forensic evidence collected at the scene was sent off to the state lab for DNA analysis.

Austin is asking that anyone traveling through the area between the hours of 9:30 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, that may have any information that could be beneficial to the investigation, to please contact the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department by calling 304-265-3428.

“The community has been very forthcoming with information and leads on vehicles and such are being followed,” he revealed. “However, we are still seeking any information that may help us apprehend the individual or individuals responsible for the murder of Mr. Poston.”

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