EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFamily Members Hope Discovery Of A Body Could Lead To Closure In Missing Man Case
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Reported by: Kallie Cart
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Oct. 31, 2013 9:33 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 31, 2013 10:30 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A crime scene could be the final piece of the puzzle in a Charleston missing person case.
Deputies from two counties said there is a strong possibility the body discovered in a shallow grave Wednesday in Raleigh County is Kanawha County murder victim Kareem Hunter.
Two people, looking for scrap metal, discovered the body of a black man Wednesday afternoon in the Harper Heights area.
Investigators said there is a strong possibility that the body is that of Hunter. He disappeared from Charleston on Sept. 23 and was feared to be the victim of a murder-kidnapping plot.
Preliminary autopsy reports are expected soon, but without that confirmation that the body is Hunter, his family members said they're trying not to get their hopes up. But if it is him, they hope the discovery will shed more light on exactly what happened to him and lead police to everyone involved.
For more than a month, loved ones of Hunter have been left with many questions about what happened to this father of five.
But without his body, for some of his family members, that was a reality they weren't willing to accept.
But now, investigators may have found his body in Raleigh County.
“It's the Kareem Hunter case, and again there is quite a bit of evidence by the proximity of the location of the body and the physical description of the body to Kareem that we believe it is a strong probability it could be him," Raleigh County Sheriff Steve Tanner said.
Hunter's brother Cory Simpson said the discovery is hurtful, but he's also hopeful it will bring peace to his family and to Kareem.
“He'll get the proper burial that anyone deserves,” Simpson said. “There will never be closure, because I lost a brother and my mom lost a son, but he will be able to be laid to rest.”
Hunter was last seen in Charleston on Sept. 23. That's the night police said his friend, Kelsey Legg, lured him to her apartment in Marmet to be kidnapped.
Investigators found blood stains, freshly painted walls and new carpet in the apartment a week later.
They believe Hunter was killed there and a witness said two men put his body in the trunk of a car.
Those men have never been caught.
Legg is being held without bond on a kidnapping and murder charge.
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