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Woman charged after remains found in storage unit

A Nicholas County woman has been charged with hiding human remains after body parts were found in a Summersville storage unit earlier this month.

Wanda Faye Kiser, 61, of Summersville was released Thursday from Summersville Regional Medical Center only to be returned to the hospital following courtroom proceedings. The woman suffered a nosebleed during the hearing, according to a clerk at Nicholas Magistrate Court.

She was to be arraigned on two felony charges of concealment of a dead body.

Kiser had been hospitalized since Saturday when she apparently overdosed on a large number of pills, State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous, state police said.

Troopers went to her home, where she'd been on home confinement since July 12, to speak to her about remains found in a storage locker but she consumed the drugs before they could speak to her, he said.

State Police Cpl. D.P. White arrested Kiser on July 9 on warrants from Alabama.

Alabama investigators looking into the disappearance Mary Cobb, 104, and her daughter Wynona Delvecchio, 83, interviewed Kiser while she was in police custody. Kiser told the investigators she did not know the location of Cobb or Delvecchio, according to a criminal complaint filed in Nicholas County.

She was placed on home confinement days later. Records show she was allowed out at least nine times during that time.

Troopers went to Storall of Summersville on Aug. 14 to investigate after the owners of a storage facility discovered what they thought were human remains in one of the storage units.

Kiser began renting a unit at the facility in 2008, according to the complaint.

The owners told police they had checked on the unit on Aug. 5 and saw nothing unusual, but when they checked the unit again on Aug. 14 they noticed what looked like drag marks as if something had been dragged into or out of the unit, the complaint said.

The unit wasn't locked, so the owners opened it. That was when they saw the remains inside.

Cpl. White and Sgt. R.D. Lilly went to the storage facility to investigate. They saw a leg and foot still in a sock and a human skull with hair in an open box inside the unit, the complaint said.

White obtained a search warrant for the rest of the unit. Troopers and investigators from the state Medical Examiner's Office found the remains of two females inside the unit.

They also found a "significant amount" of paperwork with the names of Mary Cobb, 104, and her daughter Wynona Delvecchio, 83, both of whom have been missing since Kiser checked them out of the Jasper, Ala., nursing home where they had been living in 2002.

The remains have not yet been identified.

Walker County, Ala., District Attorney Bill Adair said during a telephone interview Thursday that a grand jury handed down an indictment in early July charging Kiser with 17 counts of forgery. The indictment stemmed from forged documents relating to Cobb's retirement benefits from 2002 to 2005.

Cobb and Delvechhio have not been seen or heard from since 2002. Adair said Kiser lived next door to the women when she lived in the Jasper area. He said Kiser checked Delvecchio out of the nursing home, who then signed Cobb out.

Adair said Alabama does not have a statute of limitations for forgery, which carries a 10-year sentence. He said if she's convicted in Alabama of each charge she could face up to 170 years in prison.

"We're very glad that the process is started," Adair said on Kiser's arraignment. "We're looking forward to when the governors of the two states can get together to talk about extradition."

Kiser was taken to Central Regional Jail Thursday evening. She is being held on $50,000 bond.

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


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