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Family Looking For Person Accused Of Killing Pet Pot-Bellied Pig

Reported by: Send eMail Stephen DiPietrantonio
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Stephen DiPietrantonio
Reported: Dec. 16, 2013 10:25 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 17, 2013 9:34 AM EST

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Family Pet Murdered
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Marmet , Kanawha County , West Virginia

A Marmet woman wants justice, saying someone shot and killed her beloved pot-bellied pig. Mia Clark said she has given-up hope that her 40-pound pig Wilbur is alive. She heard gunfire just after dark last Friday evening, even showed-us where a pool of blood had been before this weekend’s heavy rains and snow. Only problem is, after an exhaustive search, Wilbur’s body is nowhere to be found.

At the edge of Mia Clark’s yard, one of her seven dogs keeps sniffing the same area over and over, where Wilbur disappeared.

"We know this is where he was shot because of the blood trail on Friday," said Clark.

"Adorable?,” we asked. “ Yes!,” said daughter Arielle Johnson enthusiastically. “ I loved him!"

Johnson said it was like losing a family member.

"Really weird,” said Johnson. “My friends saying, you have a pig? I'm like, yeah!"

"This is my baby," said Clark showing us pictures of her prized pig. Mia Clark got Wilbur for her birthday in August and the two have been inseparable ever since.

"A lot of people think, oh it's just a pig,” said Clark. “But no, It's just like someone else's cat or dog, This is my baby, I took care of this pig, I bedded this pig, you know, I was his mommy."

The family had just let Wilbur out with the dogs to use the restroom.

"We were getting ready to take my youngest daughter to gymnastics and we heard a gunshot," said Clark.

"Yeah, it shook the whole house,” said her husband Larry Clark. “So he had to be fairly close!"

"The scary thing is my children play out here and Wilbur was with four of our pets, 4 of our dogs," said Mia Clark.

All of the dogs returned, but Wilbur never did. The family questioned a stranger, who was carrying a muzzle loader and walking down their lane, which is private property. There are also signs posted, which read, ‘No Trespassing’.

"I parked by the gate and walked up the road,” said Larry Clark. “There were all kinds of blood up there on the road, then I seen the blood trail and followed it all the way down to here."

The man denied knowing anything, but Mia Clark told us she knows “something” happened to her baby out there.

"I've no idea where Wilbur's body's at right now,” she said. “What do you want to do?,” we asked. “I want to bury him,” she said. “I want to put him in a casket and bury him like the rest of the family pets."

The Clarks called the WV State Police, who referred the case to the WVDNR. The Clarks know the identity of the man, who was on their property and would like the DNR to question him about what he saw or may know about Wilbur’s disappearance. Mia Clark told us, sadly, she has little hope she will ever see Wilbur again.



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