|MAN MURDERS MISSING WIFE - The Kanawha County Sherriff’s Office says that James Kiser, 40, of Kenna, West Virginia, confessed to killing his missing wife, Crystal Dawn Kiser. James led detectives to the location of the shallow grave where deputies believe the body of Crystal is located. Crystal was last seen on Friday, August 9, 2019.|
Deputies say on Thursday, September 5, 2019, James was interviewed and admitted to killing his wife, Crystal Dawn Kiser, during an argument at her grandmother’s house on Lessie Lane, near Sissonville, West Virginia, and taking her body to a remote location in Kentuck, West Virginia. There he buried her body in a shallow grave.
On Sunday, August 11, 2019, the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office began asking for the public’s help to find Crystal. She lived in Jackson County but was staying at a relatives house in Sissonville when she was reported missing. The mother of two was house-sitting for her sick grandmother when she vanished.
Deputies say the investigation included reviewing several hundred hours of video from businesses and residences. Electronic records were also reviewed, and several hundred hours of interviews and searches were conducted.
On Friday, August 30, 2019, what would be Crystal’s 38th birthday, her family held a candlelight vigil in her honor. “She would never ever in a million years, not be in contact with her children. And on top of that, she would have never left her grandmother ill. There is just no way — no way — that she walked up and left,” said her cousin Kelly Boggess George on the night of the vigil.
Forensic investigators with the Kanawha Bureau of Investigations along with Investigators for the West Virginia State Medical Examiner’s Office will be exhuming the body.
James Kiser has been charged with 1st-degree murder.
TEACHER ARRESTED GUN IN SCHOOL - A Nicholas County teacher was charged recently with possession of a deadly weapon.
According to the Nicholas County Sheriff’s Department, they received a complaint that a teacher had brought a pistol onto the property of Cherry River Elementary School in Richwood.
Deputies later charged Shana Knight, 34, of Richwood, with possessing a deadly weapon on the premises of an education facility.
She was arraigned and posted a $10,000 bond.
HARRISON MURDER - A man was shot and killed during a domestic dispute Thursday night in Harrison County.
Authorities said the shooting occurred in the Quiet Dell community near the intersection of Booth Road and Circle Drive.
The man who was shot and the man arrested in the shooting knew each other, police said.
The shooting was reported at around 7 p.m. Thursday. The names of those involved were not immediately released.
STORE WORKER SHOT - A convenience store worker is in stable condition after being shot during a robbery early Friday morning in Huntington.
According to police, the armed robbery happened at about 1 a.m. in the 7-Eleven on 3rd Avenue. There were three people working at the time.
Police are looking for two men who were spotted running from the scene. They were wearing masks.
Police said they do have surveillance video.