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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A co-worker of a Kelley's Mens Shop employee who has been missing for two years was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree murder after police found human remains in his backyard.
Kanawha County sheriff's deputies arrested Charles Eugene March, 60, of Chesapeake, and charged him with the slaying of Sheila "Kathy" Goble after picking him up for questioning at the men's store, said Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford.
Goble, 62, was last seen at Kelley's on April 24, 2010. Her son reported her missing two days later.
Rutherford said March told deputies that he strangled Goble at his home and buried her in his yard behind his mobile home at 12736 Ohio Ave., in Chesapeake.
The sheriff said Wednesday that March had been questioned on three occasions since Goble's disappearance. However, "we had no hard evidence to go out and get a search warrant until today," he said.
According to a criminal complaint in Kanawha County Magistrate Court, March told Deputy B.K. Carper and Detective S.D. Snuffer that he strangled Goble the night she went missing, wrapped her body in a blanket and put it in the bathtub. The next day, he told deputies, he cut up her body and buried it in the back yard.
March's son called authorities Wednesday after finding what appeared to be human remains in a shallow grave at his father's home. Chesapeake police, West Virginia State Police troopers and sheriff's deputies went to the house at about 11:30 a.m.
Chesapeake Mayor Damron Bradshaw said March's son first called city officials when he found what appeared to be human remains in a hole that kept collapsing in March's backyard. According to the criminal complaint, authorities discovered what appeared to be bones and a skull with hair wrapped in a bag inside the hole.
Goble and March were working together at Kelley's Mens Shop when she disappeared. State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous said Trooper R.R. Cevera with the Quincy detachment made the connection between the two and notified sheriff's deputies that the body might be Goble.