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Police probing death

August 25, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

INWOOD, W.VA.

charlestown@herald-mail.com

Police entered a home Wednesday afternoon in the Camelot subdivision along W.Va. 51 east of Inwood and found a woman dead in a bedroom, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said.

Preliminary indications are that the woman - Debbie K. Bivens of 11 Vivian Way - was shot from outside her bedroom window and collapsed in the bedroom, Capt. K.C. Bohrer said in a news release.

Bivens was found after police went to the house about 5 p.m. to check on the occupant, Bohrer said.

Police met a family member who had been alerted by a neighbor who saw newspapers piling up at Bivens' house. The neighbor had not seen Bivens in a few days, Bohrer said.

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The family member saw a broken window in the bedroom. Officers forced their way into the home and found Bivens, Bohrer said.

The time of death is uncertain. Based on information from a neighbor and family members, police believe Bivens had not been seen since Sunday, Bohrer said.

Two members of the Berkeley County Coroner's Office responded and Bivens' body was taken to Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg, Bohrer said. The body will be sent to the state Medical Examiner's office in South Charleston, W.Va., today for a examination, Bohrer said.

Police searched around Bivens' home for possible witnesses, information and evidence. A team of officers eventually responded to the house and was made up of members of the sheriff's department criminal investigation division and Sheriff Randy Smith and Chief Deputy Kenny Lemaster.

Anyone with information regarding Bivens, including the last time anyone spoke with or saw her, may call lead investigator Cpl. B.F. Hall at 304-267-7000.

People also may call the anonymous Crime Solvers tipline at 304-267-4999.

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