SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - A woman will be charged with two counts of illegally disposing of a dead body after human remains were found in a Summersville storage unit, a prosecutor said Saturday.
Nicholas County Prosecutor P.K. Milam told The Register-Herald (http://bit.ly/17yIyEE ) that arrest warrants were issued soon after West Virginia State Police discovered the remains of two bodies Wednesday. He said when troopers went to arrest 61-year-old Wanda Kiser, she had "taken a bunch of pills." Milam said Kiser is hospitalized and will be arrested when she is released.
Authorities had questioned Kiser about an elderly mother and daughter missing from Alabama. Last month, Alabama authorities charged Kiser with 17 counts of forgery for allegedly cashing checks belonging to 105-year-old Mary Cobb and 84-year-old Wynona Delvecchio of Jasper, who were reported missing in 2003.
It was unclear whether Kiser has an attorney.
Milam said no additional charges related to the bodies will be filed against Kiser in Nicholas County, but that additional charges may be filed in Alabama.
West Virginia State Police Sgt. R.D. Lilly said Friday that the owner of Stor-All storage company in Summersville contacted police to report what appeared to be a human leg inside a unit into which he looked because the door was unsecured. After obtaining search warrants, troopers discovered the decomposed remains of two people, Lilly reported.
The State Medical Examiner's Office removed the remains to Charleston for identification, Lilly said, and Alabama authorities were assisting in identifying the bodies.
Lilly said Alabama and West Virginia investigators searched Kiser's home in July, and the Alabama authorities questioned Kiser about the disappearance of Cobb and Delvecchio.
"They didn't discover anything," Lilly said. "They didn't gain any new information, at that point, on the missing persons case that they were working."
In 2005, Kiser was convicted in federal court of wire fraud for receiving and cashing $10,000 of Cobb's United States Railroad Retirement Board benefits. She served three years' probation in Nicholas County on that charge.