EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSBodies Found in Summersville May Belong To Missing Alabama Women
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Reported: Aug. 15, 2013 12:15 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 16, 2013 11:23 AM EDT
Summersville , Nicholas County , West Virginia
Human remains were found in a Nicholas County storage unit and Alabama authorities think they may belong to two women who went missing in 2002.
An ABC affiliate station in Alabama said Mary Cobb, 105, and Wynona Delvecchio went missing in 2002 and Alabama authorities said they have information to believe the remains belong to them.
According to the Walker County Alabama District Attorney, a former neighbor, Wanda Kiser, 61, was arrested in West Virginia for concealing a dead body or aiding in concealing a dead body. West Virginia State Police said Kiser is a person of interest and charges are pending.
Kiser was indicted in July on 17 counts of forgery connected to the missing women.
Authorities said DNA testing on the bodies could take several months.
In 2012, a human skull was found in the crawl space inside the house where Delvecchio lived but the testing on it isn't done.
Right now, there are more questions than answers as a quiet area of Summersville becomes the center of a police investigation.
"And I said what's it about?'" Paige Ward said about when police came to his shop, "And he said, 'well, we found two decomposed bodies.'"
Ward is the owner of United Cycle, a shop just down the road from a storage facility where two bodies were found.
On Wednesday, West Virginia State Police were called to the "Stor-All" facility off Old U.S. Route 19 after the owner of the storage facility found what he believed to be a human body.
"We're clearly able to identify some human remains that were completely decomposed," State Police Sgt. Ron Lilly said.
Police said not much is known about the bodies.
The State Medical Examiner was called to the scene and the bodies were taken to their office.
Police said they are not sure how long the bodies had been in the storage unit.
"That just seems like something you'd hear in a large city somewhere, not in our town," Ward said.
And as police waited for answers, the city of Summersville remained in shock.
"Hope they find them. I just can't imagine how," Ward said, "That's beyond my understanding."
Police said they are questioning the owner of the storage unit where those bodies were found. But until they make an arrest., which they may not, they are withholding that person's name.
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