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Murder investigation reveals drug activity in home

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Police responded to a Parkersburg home to investigate a report of a murder but instead found evidence of drug activity.

Numerous officers from Parkersburg police and the Wood Sheriff's Office responded just after 3:30 a.m. Tuesday to a home in the 1600 block of Andrew Street after receiving reports of a murder involving a firearm, Sgt. Greg Collins said in a news release.

Officers found George Parsons, 38, of Parkersburg walking away from the home when they arrived. Collins said Parsons appeared to be heavily under the influence and was taken into custody after a brief struggle.

Police then spoke to Jennifer Lynn Murrey, Parson's girlfriend and the person who called for help.

Murrey allegedly told police Parsons murdered someone at 622 Kenner St., but when officers went to the home they found Terry Abbott and another woman both alive. Officers searched the home but found no evidence of a murder, Collins said.

A search of Abbott revealed two knives and a quantity of cocaine and bath salts, synthetic drugs banned in West Virginia.

Murrey told officers during a second interview that the only people in either home were all accounted for but also allegedly eluded to the use of illegal drugs by the parties, Collins said.

Parsons was taken into custody but began to kick at the cage and doors inside the police cruiser. Officers took him to Camden Clark Medical Center to be evaluated before taking him to the Wood County Holding Center.

Abbott was arraigned on two counts of possession of a controlled substance Tuesday afternoon in Wood Magistrate Court and was released on $2,000 bond.

Attempts to process and arraign Parsons, who remained at the holding center Tuesday, failed because of his intoxicated state. Collins said as of Tuesday afternoon Parsons still had not been arraigned.

He faces charges of obstruction and public intoxication when he is brought before a magistrate.

Collins said charges are pending against Murrey for falsely reporting an emergency.

The matter remains under investigation.

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



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