On Sunday, September 10, in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, the somber news of a ten-year-old boy’s death spread quickly. Wyatt Eaves-Nibert was discovered with a gunshot wound after he was reported missing from a hunting trip with his grandfather.
Earlier that weekend, Wyatt, a student of Roosevelt Elementary School in Mason County, had set out alone with his .22 rifle into the woods in pursuit of squirrels, after lunch with his grandfather. Events escalated when an ATV accident involving the grandfather was reported to the authorities approximately an hour later in the same region. It was the grandfather’s effort to find Wyatt that led to the accident and the initiation of an official search for the boy.
The Eaves-Nibert family, proficient in firearm safety protocols, have consistently stated that Wyatt had a solid grounding in safety measures. Adrienne Nibert, Wyatt’s mother, highlighted the unique bond her son shared with his grandfather, emphasizing their shared love for squirrel hunting. But when the grandfather sought Wyatt after wrapping up their meal, the boy was missing.
The family is grappling with the loss, with Wyatt leaving behind his parents, siblings, grandparents, and more relatives.
Presently, details about the exact circumstances of Wyatt’s death are awaited. An autopsy is underway by the State Medical Examiner’s Office, and clarifications regarding potential foul play and the nature of the gunshot injury are pending.