Dunbar police have arrested a man in connection to a woman's body found in the Kanawha River at the Dunbar Toll Bridge Monday afternoon.
Police arrested Bobby Ray Kanode and charged him with first-degree murder of Tonya Atkins.
Authorities said Kanode walked into the Dunbar Police Department Monday stating he wanted to turn himself in and had murdered Atkins. According to police, the two had been in a relationship for three years.
Police said the murder occurred late Friday night into Saturday morning.
According to the criminal complaint, Dunbar police were called to the Kanode's residence for a domestic abuse early Friday night. Kanode was arrested for an outstanding battery warrant and Atkins arrested for public intoxication. Police say the two met up after and that is when Kanode suffocated Atkins.
Police say Atkins' partially nude body was found near a barge that was parked along the riverbank. A student spotted the body around 3:30 from their school bus and alerted the driver, who called 911.
South Charleston Police and the Kanawha County Bureau of Investigations assisted Dunbar Police.
Kanode has been taken to the South Central Regional Jail until his preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 19.
Dunbar Police and Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies say a suspect was arrested after the body of a middle-aged woman was found in Kanawha River on Monday, Feb. 10.
Bobby Ray Kanode has been charged with murder and sent to the South Central Regional Jail.
He will have a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m.. on Weds., February 19.
According to investigators on scene, the body found on the bank of the Kanawha River in Dunbar, WV on Feb. 10 is that of a middle-aged female.
There is no word on how long the body had been there before authorities were called to the scene. A student riding a bus passing through the area thought he spotted something and notified adults.
911 was called and dispatchers sent police investigators to the scene.
Police from Dunbar and South Charleston are working together on this case.
The investigation is continuing at this time.
A woman's body was found along the bank of the Kanawha River in Dunbar, WV on Feb. 10.
The body was found behind the Kroger in the Dunbar Village Plaza.
The investigation is ongoing.