WESTON, W.Va. -- Authorities in West Virginia say they've made an arrest in a case involving two Lewis County women who disappeared in 1999.
Lewis County Sherriff Adam Gissy says that Joseph Edward Metz, of Horner, was arrested Thursday without incident and charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
Maxine Stalnaker and her daughter, Mary Friend, disappeared in December 1999 after they left their Jane Lew home on a Christmas shopping trip. Their bodies have never been found.
Officials said that based information gathered by authorities in Lewis and Harrison counties, Metz is responsible for the disappearance and murder of both women.
Media outlets report that Metz is Friend's son and Stalnaker's grandson. Three men initially had been charged in the slayings, with charges dropped against all of them.