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Decomposed body found in Jefferson County house

April 07, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Police found a decomposed body in a closet in a house near Charles Town last week and the remains have been sent to the state medical examiner's office in Charleston, W.Va., in an attempt to identify the person, Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober said Sunday.

It appears the body was in the closet for "some time" and authorities might have to rely on dental records or DNA to determine who it is, Boober said.

"The body was very deteriorated," said Lt. Tom Hansen.

Boober declined to say where the home is, other than to say it was in a "housing area."

Cpl. R.S. Sell traveled to Charleston to be at the medical examiner's office as an autopsy on the body is conducted, Boober said.

Sell and another deputy were observed outside a one-story home on Newington Court in Tuscawilla Hills last Thursday night.

Sell declined to comment at the time and Boober would not say if the house was in Tuscawilla Hills.

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Tuscawilla Hills is a large subdivision about three miles west of Charles Town off W.Va. 51. The yellow house where officers were working Thursday night is a short distance from a convenience store near the entrance to the subdivision. The house is surrounded by duplexes.

A woman who lives a few doors down from the house said Sunday she saw four or five officers from the sheriff's department at the house on Thursday. An ambulance also was parked at the house, said Diane Brill.

Boober declined to go into more detail about the appearance of the body, citing the ongoing investigation.

Boober said it appears the person died of natural causes, although other issues are probably involved.

"There's no doubt there are unusual circumstances," Boober said.

Boober said it could be two weeks before investigators get a report from the medical examiner's office.

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