HARTS (WSAZ) — The term “needle in a haystack” is not lost on Jason Moore.
Thursday, Sept. 6, the chief of the Harts Volunteer Fire Department was out on the Lincoln, Wayne County line with dozens of other volunteers searching for Herb, 73, and Elsie Estep, 70.
The couple, along with their 20-year-old grandson Christopher Kinder, were out on their ATV early Thursday morning searching for ginseng when they crashed.
The Esteps were killed in the accident; their grandson survived and was able to find a cell signal and call 911. He was air lifted to a Huntington hospital.
“It’s heartbreaking” says Chief Moore. “This was not the way we had hoped it would end.”
Troopers say all three were on the front bench seat of the four-wheeled ATV. They were traveling down a steep grade along gas line right-away when Mr. Estep apparently lost control. At point they say the ATV hit a tree and rolled over.
“At least they were together, doing what they loved.” says Amy Kinder, the couple’s daughter-in-law.
“Just yesterday, she was joking, if anything every happened to her to put a four root on top of her grave.” Four root is a term used when talking about ginseng. “Who would have thought, that’s how she would die, the very next day.”
Mr. Kinder was released from the hospital Friday.