|(WSAZ) -- UPDATE 2/7/18 @ 11:30 p.m.
A person has been arrested in connection with the death of Carrie Jo Worrell Wood.
Argie Jeffers Sr. is charged with murder and concealing a dead body.|
"He was an early suspect," said Interim Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial. "We had strong indications that he did it. We believed he did it, but we can't arrest folks on just what we believe or what we think. We have to have probably cause. We continue to work all of these homicides, any serious cases, until we receive that level of information."
As he arrived at the Cabell County Courthouse late Wednesday night for his arraignment, Jeffers repeatedly told WSAZ he was not guilty.
"It's just a bunch of (expletive deleted)," Jeffers said. "I didn't do it. I'm not guilty, but there are a lot of people setting me up wanting money."
(WSAZ) According to a criminal complaint, Jeremy Jeffers contacted Cabell County 911 on Wednesday, saying Argie Jeffers had asked him to help discard some buckets at the 8th Avenue Car Wash dumpster.
Police say Jeremy looked in the buckets and found body parts.
Officers were able to locate those buckets and discovered body parts consistent with the missing portions of Wood.
"Often murderers or suspects think they are smarter than our investigators," Dial said. "They're not smarter than our investigators."
Wood's dismembered body was found by a fisherman near the Guyandotte boat ramp last September.
When asked what his relationship was with the victim, Argie Jeffers said, "She was the best friend I ever had. Me and her were close. She didn't have a home, nobody to take care of her, and I had to feed and take care of her and help her. I loved that woman."
Police say the death was caused by an act of violence, but believe it was an isolated incident.
During a voluntary interview, the criminal complaint states Jeffers Sr. advised he had been in a relationship with Wood, but it was volatile and they had argued the last time he saw her.
The West Virginia Medical Examiners Office told investigators Wood suffered a shotgun wound to the upper body.
In October, a search warrant was executed at Jeffers' home along Riverside Drive.
There forensic investigators say they found blood and tissue evidence believed to be that of Wood.
"Our tenacious investigators continue to work it and they stay on it and they continue to take steps to get to the point that would meet the threshold of probable cause," Dial said.
Officers executed several other search warrants and completed several additional searches in relation to this case.
Investigators say additional search warrants are being executed and more arrests are possible. However, Dial said there is no danger to the public.
"We just make sure that everyone who was involved in committing this crime and/or concealing this crime will receive justice," Dial said.