Tag Archives: Kanawha County Murder Unsolved West Virginia Missing

Reward Offered Raleigh County WV Cherice Gwinn Disappearance Homicide

Cherice Gwinn was a beautiful young woman who disappeared under very strange circumstances and is assumed dead.

Cherice Gwinn was a beautiful young woman who disappeared under very strange circumstances and is assumed dead.

Cherice Gwinn's car was probably known by many in the community as she was a student and had a job outside the home.

Cherice Gwinn’s car was probably known by many in the community as she was a student and had a job outside the home.

Did you see Cherice Gwinn's car back in 1993 with someone else driving it?

Did you see Cherice Gwinn’s car back in 1993 with someone else driving it?

 

Sometimes people go missing in such suspicious circumstances that the police treat their disappearance as a homicide and investigate it as such.    That generally means they have a suspect in mind but have not been able to get enough evidence to charge that suspect.    Cherice Gwinn Stephens went missing from Raleigh County (West Virginia) September 29, 1993 in such a situation.

 

For those who don’t know where Raleigh County (WV) is located, you may have heard of Beckley, West Virginia.   It is not far from the New River Gorge Bridge and is near the training facility for federal mine inspectors.

 

Cherice Gwinn (Stephens) disappeared between September 29th and October 1, 1993, although she was not reported missing until September, 1994.   How did that happen, you might ask?   That immediately brings up all kinds of red flags, questions and suspicions.   Read on.

 

At the time of her disappearance, Cherice Gwinn was married to Norman Stephens.    They lived in a small residence on the Harmon property on Brackenridge Road in the Bolt area of Raleigh County.

 

Cherice was a student at The College of WV (Beckley College).   She also enjoyed fitness and joined the L.A. East Gym in Beckley.   Prior to her disappearance she worked at Spartan Sporting Goods in Beckley.

 

Do you have a suspect in mind yet?    There’s more.

 

Cherice drove a 1993 white Dodge Daytona (pictured).   Strangely enough her car disappeared the same time as Cherice but it mysteriously reappeared a month later.   The police are really seeking any additional information relating to the storage or transport of this vehicle during the fall of 1993.    That could help them solve her disappearance and likely murder.

 

Cherice was last seen alive by her husband, Norman Stephens.  Just weeks after her disappearance, Norman Stephens filed for divorce and that divorce was final on Valentine’s Day, 1994.

 

It was not Norman who reported her missing and remember she was not reported missing until September 1994, months after his divorce from her was final.    Norman Stephens never reported Cherice missing and has never fully cooperated with the police.  Norman has never been willing to talk with Cherice’s family about her disappearance despite their many requests for him to do so.

 

At the time of her disappearance, Norman Stephens worked for UPS and not long after her disappearance, he moved to Cherry Hill Apartments in the Beaver area of Raleigh County.   Additionally, in the years immediately following Cherice`s disappearance, Norman Stephens closely associated with Benjamin Williams, who, like Norman, was a graduate of Independence High School   Other associates at the time included Robert Miller (a high school friend who had joined the USAF and was living in Texas and/or North Carolina) and his coworkers from the Beckley UPS.

 

This case is being investigated as a homicide.  If you have ANY information pertaining to the aforementioned facts or circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Cherice Gwinn, even background information that you may not think is important, her family urges you to contact CRIME STOPPERS at 304-255-STOP (7867).    The investigating officers are West Virginia State Police F/Sgt. D. L. Bowles at 304-647-7600 and Sgt. G. D. Williams at 304-256-6700.

 

I don’t necessarily love the idea of people providing information because they want the money but if a reward motivates someone when nothing else does, there is a reward offered for helping bring this case to an end.

 

PLEASE HELP THE GWINN FAMILY HAVE SOME CLOSURE ABOUT THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THEIR DAUGHTER.     IF YOUR TIP ABOUT CHERICE GWINN LEADS POLICE TO MAKE AN ARREST, you will receive a minimum cash reward of $1,000.00 and up to $5,000.00 cash reward, depending on how helpful your information is to the solving of the case.

 

This information is from the Raleigh County (WV) Crime Stoppers website and you can see this case there, as well as other Raleigh County cold cases at http://raleighcounty.crimestoppersweb.com/misc.aspx?p=1.

 

Verify the reward information if that is what motivates you with the Crime Stoppers at the phone number above.   There is someone out there besides the killer who knows what happened to Cherice.   It is likely that someone stored the car for the killer and then it reappeared.   Someone may have helped the killer by driving the car away or by picking the killer up after they took the car somewhere.

 

It is time to step up to the plate and help this family.

Baby Christian is featured on Project Cold Case This Week

Kathy Marks is featured as a guest blogger at Project Cold Case this week.

Kathy Marks is featured as a guest blogger at Project Cold Case this week.

 

Please check out Project Cold Case this week where I am a guest blogger discussing the Baby Christian unsolved homicide previously featured here.

 

Please visit:

http://www.projectcoldcase.org/blog/guest-blogger-kathy-marks

Two Highway Killer Victims Still Unidentified

PLEASE PAY CAREFUL ATTENTION TO THIS POST THAT IS OF INTEREST TO SOUTHERN INDIANA AND ILLINOIS OR EVEN NORTHERN KENTUCKY.

Two victims of the Highway Killer Remain Unidentified, check out Newton County, Indiana, Coroner's Office on Facebook

Two victims of the Highway Killer Remain Unidentified, check out Newton County, Indiana, Coroner’s Office on Facebook

PLEASE HELP IDENTIFY THESE YOUNG PEOPLE.

One of the pics would not load but check out the Coroner’s Office on FB for the other pic.

Newton County, Indiana Coroner’s OfficeOctober 12, 2013 ·
Thirty Years ago on the 18th of this month two mushroom hunters made a very gruesome and sad discovery.
They found the remains of four young men buried in shallow graves in a barn lot just north of Lake Village, IN. They were the unfortunate victims of Larry Eyler, the Highway Killer, a serial killer that worked the Indiana-Illinois area during the late 1970′ and early 1980’s.
Two of these boys were quickly identified and sent home to their families but, two still remain “unidentified” and are now considered “my kids”.
A full Forensic Study has been done and Dental Charts are available along with DNA (Thank You ISP Lowell Post Lab) and attached are the new sketches done by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
I am pretty sure that these boys are from the Southern Indiana-Illinois area (maybe even northern Kentucky), they were picked up by Eyler in the Terra Haute area.
Please take a minute and share these pictures with EVERYONE you know. The more exposure they get the better the chance someone will recognize them.

Thanks Everyone;

Scott

Melanie Metheny Detective Sam Ferrell Still Looking for Answers

Sam Ferrell at the Kanawha County (West Virginia) Sheriff’s Department advised me that he has a new phone and email address.   It is:

The new office number is 304-357-0089 and email is samferrell@kcso.us

Det. Ferrell is hopeful that someone out there has information that will allow them to make an arrest and bring justice to Melanie Metheny.

Melanie Metheny Campbells Creek Never Returned Home

Melanie Metheny of Campbells Creek (Kanawha County) WV who went missing in 2006

Melanie Metheny of Campbells Creek (Kanawha County) WV who went missing in 2006

 

Melanie Metheny Campbells Creek WV Has Never Returned

The Kanawha County (WV) Sheriff’s Department provided the following information about Ms. Metheny, who went missing in 2006 after dropping off her children.   Hopefully there is someone out there who might remember seeing her that day.   Was she talking to someone she knew?   Was anyone observed following her or was she acting strangely in the company of anyone?    Did you see someone leave her van that day?    Was she the victim of foul play?

 

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department wants to hear from you.   They believe that there is someone in the community who can come forth with valuable information that will let Melanie’s family know what happened to her.

 

Melanie Metheny DOB 06/21/1985

 

On the morning of Wednesday July 19, 2006, Melanie Metheny left her residence in Campbells Creek (Kanawha County, West Virginia) with two of her children and the child of her current boyfriend.  It is believed that she dropped off the boyfriend’s child between 7:30 and 8:00 am at the home of the child’s paternal grandmother in the Dry Branch Area of Campbell’s Creek and then continued to the Country Kids Daycare located in the 3000 block of East Dupont Ave Belle.

There she dropped off her two children between 7:50am and 8:00 am.  Friends, family, and daycare workers said Melanie told them she was going to Garnett Career College in Charleston that day to pick up her transcripts and deliver them to West Virginia State College where she intended to start classes.

Melanie never returned to pick up her children from the daycare.

According to Melanie’s cell phone records, she placed two calls between 9:00 am and 9:30am that morning, one of which to her voice mail, and both calls had been placed from the Western Kanawha and Eastern Putnam Co. areas. A check was done at West Virginia State College and Garnett and no contact was made with Melanie that day.

Melanie’s van, a 1998 Gold Chevrolet Venture Van, was located 4 dayslater on July 23, 2006, parked on the street in the residential area of Wyoming Street and Beuhring Ave on the West Side of Charleston. One witness in the area said that the van had been parked there since around the afternoon of Wednesday July 19, 2006.

Melanie’s purse, cell phone, debit and food stamp card werenot found in the vehicle.  There has been no activity on either of the cards.

Melanie Metheny was 21 years old when she went missing.  She has longstrawberry blond hair, brown eyes, 5’3″, and approximately 100lbs.  She didn’t have any tattoos but has a scar on her lower right leg/ankle and a plate and two screws that she received from a car accident. Melanie Metheny is the mother of 3 children.  Their ages at the time of her disappearance were 1, 3, and 5 years.

Since the time she was reported missing the Kanawha County Sheriff’sOffice has expended numerous man hours while conducting this missing personcase.  We have received hundreds of tips since her disappearance and conducted follow-up investigations on each tip.   We actively follow up on any leads that are brought to our attention.

We know that someone in the public has information that could lead us to a closure in this case.  We would ask anyone with information on this case to please contact the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 304-357-4693. All calls can be anonymous and information will be kept confidential.  Detective S.D. Ferrell in the case agent handling the investigation.

Tips may also be forwarded to Detective Ferrell’s email addressat:  S.D.Ferrell@KCSO.US