CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Authorities believe the Charleston man who went missing last week was murdered in Marmet in a failed kidnapping attempt.
Kanawha sheriff's detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for Kelsey Marie Legg, 20, of Marmet, charging her with felony murder and kidnapping, said Cpl. Brian Humphreys, sheriff's department spokesman.
Legg allegedly lured Kareem Hunter, 29, to her apartment on 83rd Street in Marmet with plans to have him kidnapped. Detectives also are seeking others in connection to the murder, though their identities are unknown.
It was in that apartment where investigators believe Hunter was murdered, Humphreys said.
Detectives from the sheriff's department have been working with those at Charleston police on the case.
Hunter initially was reported missing to Charleston police. He was last seen Sept. 23. City detectives worked to find him and were directed to Legg's home.
A disturbance also was reported through Metro 911 Communications at the apartment on Sept. 23.
Charleston detectives went to the Marmet apartment Wednesday afternoon. Evidence found there led them to contact the sheriff's department to aid in the investigation because they were outside of city limits.
Kanawha detectives obtained a search warrant for the apartment and declared it a crime scene.
Inside the apartment they found evidence of a violent crime, including large suspected bloodstains on the floor and blood spatter on the ceiling, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court.
Witnesses told detectives the apartment's walls had been painted and carpets replaced after the Sept. 23 disturbance. Detectives were at the apartment nearly until midnight.
Legg told her brother, Matt Legg, that she'd lured Hunter to the home so that another man, who is not identified, could put a bag over his head and take him out of the apartment, the complaint said.
Matt Legg told detectives that he heard the altercation in his sister's apartment and later saw two men take Hunter's body out of the apartment and put it into the trunk of a vehicle.
The corporal said detectives have not yet found Hunter's body.
The agencies are working together on the case and still are following up on leads and seeking information from the public.
Anyone with information on the case or Legg's whereabouts can contact the Kanawha Sheriff's Department at 304-357-0169.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.