Body found in river is identified

The body of a white male who was 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 the police at the time for allegedly 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. Route 30 hill and 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 seven miles downriver from the Jennings Randolph Bridge.