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Body found in Raleigh ID'd as Kareem Hunter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Officials with the state Medical Examiner's Office have identified a man whose body was found in Raleigh County earlier this week as Kareem Hunter, 28.

Cpl. Brian Humphreys, of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department, said Hunter's relatives have been notified. Hunter was reported missing Sept. 23.

Kelsey Marie Legg, 20, of Marmet, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with Hunter's death. Police believe Legg lured Hunter to her apartment in Marmet before he was killed.

Hunter was living in Charleston at the time of his death. Charleston police who came to Marmet about a week after the initial 911 call to investigate Hunter's disappearance found blood on the sidewalk outside Legg's apartment, blood on the stairs leading up to the apartment and blood evidence inside the apartment, according to Sgt. Tony Hazelett, of the Charleston Police Department.

The investigation has been turned over to the Kanawha Bureau of Investigation.

Neighbors reported a disturbance at Legg's apartment the night Hunter disappeared, but a Marmet police officer responding to the call reported finding no evidence of foul play. Hunter's relatives and Lyni Sanders, who made the 911 call, believe police should have done more to investigate.

"[The officer] didn't walk over to the apartment, he didn't knock on any doors or anything," Sanders said. "He didn't even put a foot on the sidewalk."

Marmet Police Officer Karl Vangilder responded to the call. He previously told the Gazette that he did not see signs of foul play and got out of his patrol car.

He talked to a woman before leaving and did not hear or see anything suspicious, he said.

Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.


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