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Warrant issued in murder of elderly Logan man

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A warrant was issued in the murder of an elderly man in his Logan home.

Family members found Grover Ray Morrison, 88, dead in his Stratton Street home Tuesday, said Logan Police Chief E.K. Harper. The family members had come to the home to check on Morrison.

Morrison, who once was the president of a local bank, had few relatives living nearby, Harper said. They went to check on him after not hearing from him for a few days.

 Information on Morrison's death was limited Wednesday. Harper wouldn't say how Morrison was killed or if officers had found a motive in the slaying, only that the manner of death was homicide.

"As a result of the investigation by the Logan Police Department and the West Virginia State Police we have filed warrants for the arrest of John Edward Dempsey ... for murder," Harper said.

Dempsey, 37, is described as white, about 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds.

Dempsey also is believed to be in the Man area of Logan County.

Morrison's vehicle, a 2012 Buick Lucerne, also was missing from the home when police arrived. It was found early Wednesday morning in Man. Dempsey is believed to have driven it there and dumped it, Harper said.

He considered Dempsey armed and dangerous.

Morrison lived alone in the single-story brick home. Harper said investigators believe Morrison and Dempsey were acquaintances but he could not comment further on their relationship.

Investigators have been combing the county looking for Dempsey.

"We've been out all night and there's a bunch of them out beating the bushes today," Harper said.

Anyone with information can contact the Logan Police Department at 304-752-6535 or State Police at 304-792-7200.

Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at or 304-348-4850.


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