GALLIPOLIS FERRY — A man was found dead on the porch of his residence early Monday morning after an apparent shooting.
The body of Rene A. Gonzalez, 43, was discovered by a friend at approximately 3 a.m. on the porch of his mobile home on Huntington Road, near Gallipolis Ferry.
No arrests have been made, although officials are following available leads. The case is under investigation by the West Virginia State Police and the Mason County Sheriff’s Department.
According to the West Virginia State Police 2009 and 2010 annual reports, the Mason County Detachment has had a slight upward trend in major investigations and calls for service over the two years. In 2009, the detachment received 1,921 calls for service and reported 77 major investigations of incidents and 89 major offense invesigations. In 2010, Mason County received 1,934 calls for service and reported 81 major investigations of incidents and 101 major offense investigations. However, the number of felony arrests have steeply risen from 81 in 2009 to 207 in 2010.