W.Va., Ala. officials investigating remains found in storage
SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. -- West Virginia State Police say they're working with Alabama authorities to investigate the discovery of two sets of human remains found in a storage locker.
Sgt. Ron Lilly said State Police have a person of interest, but that person has not been charged. He would not provide either a name or the person's gender Friday morning but said he may have more details later in the day.
Lilly said the owner of the Stor-All rental storage facility outside Summerville contacted his detachment Wednesday afternoon when he found the door to one unit unsecured and looked inside.
He called troopers to determine whether a leg was animal or human.
Lilly said there is no doubt it is human.
The West Virginia Medical Examiner's Office is working to identify the bodies and causes of death.
Authorities in Alabama think the remains may be those of two Walker County, Ala., women who disappeared in 2002. Mary Cobb, 104, and her daughter Wynona Delvecchio, 83, according to the Daily Mountain Eagle newspaper in Jasper, Ala.
Alabama authorities believe Wanda Faye Kiser, 61, of Summersville, checked Delvecchio out of an Alabama nursing home early in 2002, and that Delvecchio in turn checked her mother out of the nursing home in order for Kiser to care for the women at her home, according to the newspaper. Kiser was living in Alabama at the time.
The women were not heard from again, although Kiser, who had relocated to West Virginia, had allegedly used another woman to impersonate Cobb.
West Virginia State Police arrested Kiser last month on a fugitive from justice warrant. She also was charged with a number of forgery counts apparently stemming from the disappearance of the two women, said West Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous.
However, Lilly said State Police are not yet able to link the remains with the missing women or with Kiser.
"We're waiting for positive identification and some other things to come in," Lilly said.