GREENBRIER CO., WV (WOAY) – The Greenbrier Co. Sheriff says while detectives investigated a murder last week, they have since found a second body buried in a shallow grave.
Sheriff Bruce Sloan tells WOAY that the second body was found in a wooded, mountainous area of George Washington National Forest in the Blue Bend area. The victim is Chastity Faye Hamm, 24, of White Sulphur Springs.
The body was sent to Charleston for an autopsy and it has been ruled a homicide. The case and manner of death is consistent with Shaela Lynn McCoy Abren who was found last Thursday.
A suspect in these murders is in custody on an unrelated charge and his identity will be revealed at a later day.
The Sheriff’s Department says that the investigation is still very active and is far from being over and more information will be released when it can be.
At this point in the investigation the cause or manner of the death of the victims will not be disclosed.
Law enforcement officials say public safety is the main concern and they believe that has been accomplished in this particular instance with the incarceration of this suspect.
The next priority is to provide the Greenbrier County Prosecuting Attorney with the thorough criminal investigation that will lead to a successful prosecution of these atrocious crimes and justice for the victims.
GREENBRIER COUNTY (WOAY) – The Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department has released a few more details on the homicide investigation that occurred last week in the Big Bend area.
On Thursday, January 18, 2018, at approximately 11:45 am, members of the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office, the Greenbrier Valley Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force and the West Virginia State Police, responded to a deceased body near the area of Blue Bend off of State Route 92 located behind an uninhabited house.
The scene was subsequently processed by members of the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Search Team. Evidence obtained from the scene will be submitted to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
Throughout the evening hours of January 18, 2018 and the am hours of Friday, January 19, 2018, members of the aforementioned agencies, assisted by the White Sulphur Springs Police Department, conducted several searches and numerous interviews in connection with the death.
The body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Charleston for an autopsy. Investigators with the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office are meeting with the Medical Examiner this morning.
The investigation is ongoing. More relevant and specific details will be released as the status of the investigation will allow those disclosures.
On Friday, January 19, 2018 the State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on the body that was recovered from the Blue Bend area of Greenbrier County on Thursday, January 18, 2018. The cause of death was ruled to be a homicide.
The victim was identified as Shaela Lynn (McCoy) Abren, age 32 of Webster Springs, WV and more recently residing in Raleigh County.
A suspect in the homicide is in custody on an unrelated charge. The investigation is ongoing.
Rumors that have been circulating through the community regarding the dismemberment of the body are without basis and are absolutely false.
Corporal C. R. Smith and Corporal R. D. Baker, of the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office are the lead investigators in this case. Anyone with information in reference to this case are urged to contact the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department at (304) 647-6634.