Deputies went back to the Woods home Sunday with a search warrant and found Eva Woods' partly decomposed body inside the outbuilding. The body was sent to the state Medical Examiner's Office, which confirmed Eva Woods' identity and ruled her death a homicide on Monday.
Before Jessica Woods was charged with murder, neighbors remembered her mother fondly.
"Eva was a really nice old woman," said Breaunna DeMoss, 14, who is friends with one of Woods' granddaughters. "I've known her since I was a little kid."
DeMoss went to check on her friend Monday because she didn't come to school. She said the grandchildren lived with their father, next door to Eva Woods.
A cat sat on the front porch of Woods' house Monday morning. There was a sign taped to the front door asking UPS to leave a package. Several dogs patrolled the fenced backyard, where the door to the shed where the body was found still stood open. Children's toys sat beneath a thin layer of snow in the front yard.
Records in Kanawha County Magistrate Court show two charges of domestic battery were filed against Jessica Woods in 2008 and 2013; they were eventually dismissed. She was charged with burglary in January of this year; that charge is still pending in Kanawha Circuit Court.
After her arraignment Monday evening, Woods was asked if she had killed her mother. She nodded.
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