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Police Working On Lead In Huntington Murder Case

Reported: Jan. 29, 2014 10:41 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 29, 2014 11:05 PM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Dave Benton) -- Police know how the victim died and are now working on a solid lead in a Cabell County murder investigation.

What started out as a missing person report ended in tragedy.

Angel Tooley lives in the same apartment building where Diane Bess lived.

“When we heard the news, it just hit hard,” she said. “I miss her. The last time I saw her it was a week before Christmas, actually.”

Bess, 20, went missing on Christmas Eve. Her body was found three weeks later off Route 10 over an embankment. Police are now releasing new details surrounding her death.

“She was a sweetheart,” Bess said. “Who'd want to hurt her? I just don't understand why someone would want to take someone's life as young as she was.”

Investigators said someone shot Bess multiple times. She was last seen leaving her mother's apartment in Guyandotte around noon on Christmas Eve with a male friend to go shopping.

Police won't release the man's name but said he told them he and Bess went to Subway and Walmart, then back to his home. According to an affidavit, his statements conflicted as to when she left his residence.

In the meantime, a floral display in memory of Bess stands in front of her mother's doorway, as a reminder of a life taken too soon and a murder left unsolved.



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