CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two years ago, when Sheila "Kathy" Goble first went missing, members of the West Virginia K-9 Search and Rescue team helped in the search.
They scoured about 60 acres in the area near the Crooked Creek exit of Interstate 64, where her silver 2004 Honda Pilot was found abandoned on the side of the highway.
With few clues to go on, they could find no trace of the 62-year-old woman.
So, last week, when police recovered Goble's remains in the backyard of a co-worker -- now charged with her death -- it meant closure for her family and friends, but also relief to the search team members who tried to find her.
"It is frustrating when we don't find anything, but I'm glad the family has closure now," Jeff Cunningham, the deputy chief operations officer for the search and rescue team, said of hearing the news of Goble's discovery.
Police say Charles March, 60, of Chesapeake, strangled Goble at his home, cut up her body and buried her in the backyard of his mobile home. He and Goble had worked together at Kelley's Mens Shop on Charleston's West Side for about 10 years. March ran the men's shoe department at the store for about 30 years.
During the team's initial search for Goble, her car already had been removed and taken into police custody. The team used a trailing dog, air-scent dog and a cadaver dog in the search. At the time, it was still considered a live search.
The search and rescue team scours areas where local law enforcement agencies ask for assistance. Without a reason to suspect March, police had no cause to direct them to his property in Chesapeake, and the team members did not search for her in that area.
"That's the only lead we had -- where she parked her car," Cunningham said. "They had no other tips on that poor lady at all."