WVC 44 - 9 - 1
§44-9-1. When person presumed to be dead.
In case any person has been or shall be absent for seven or
more successive years from the place of his last domicile within
this state; or, having been a resident of this state, has
heretofore gone from and has not returned to this state for seven
or more successive years; or, being a resident of this state,
shall hereafter go from and not return to this state for seven or
more successive years; or, being a nonresident of this state and
being entitled to, or having an interest in, property in this
state, has been or shall be absent for seven or more successive
years from the place of his last-known domicile; and in any of
the foregoing cases shall for such period of time have been, or
shall be, unheard of by those who, had he been alive, would
naturally have heard of him; such person shall, in any case where
his death shall come in question, be presumed in law to be dead,
in the absence of proof to the contrary, or unless proof be made
that he was alive within that time.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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