CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- State Police say a Mingo County woman reported missing last week was killed in her home and her body dumped in a lake not far from there.
After days of searching, Evelyn Farnum's 2003 Jeep Liberty was pulled out of Laurel Lake Sunday morning. Farnum's body was found inside and the two men believed to be responsible were arrested.
Trooper J.J. Dean took a missing person's report Wednesday from Andrea Ferris, Farnum's daughter. The woman told police her mother's personal belongings, including her purse and cellphone, were still in the home but that her mother was nowhere to be found.
Farnum, 55, is originally from the Mingo County area but had recently moved back from Florida about a year ago, Dean said Sunday afternoon. Farnum was living in the Right Fork of Laurel Creek near Dingess and that Donald Kevin Medley, 45, was staying with her.
Dean said troopers heard rumors that the two were "distant, distant" cousins or were romantically involved, but investigators were working to determine what the relationship between the two was.
Troopers and Mingo sheriff's deputies searched the area for Farnum, even bringing in a search helicopter to assist them, but had nothing until Saturday when a witness came forward with information.
The witness told troopers he had been with Greg Medley, Donald Medley's younger brother, on Dec. 30 and heard the two were involved with Farnum's disappearance, Dean said.
Troopers interviewed Donald and Greg Medley, 44, Saturday evening at the Williamson detachment.