UPDATE: Jan. 11 @ 5:00 p.m.: The Greenbrier County Sheriff Bruce Sloan released more details in the Rupert homicide case.
Sloan said in a release the sheriff’s office and the West Virginia State Police responded to Clarence Sheppard’s home on January 7th, where there they found the 72 year old man dead. His body was sent to the medical examiner’s office where his death has been ruled a homicide.
Sheriff Sloan said in the release, “The investigation into the murder of Mr. Sheppard is ongoing.”
More details are expected to be released when available.
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UPDATE: Jan. 11 @ 8:30 a.m.:
RUPERT, W. Va. (WVNS) — According to the Greenbrier County Sheriff, deputies were asked to do a welfare check on Clarence Sheppard when they found him dead in a home in the Rupert area.
Sheriff Bruce Sloan said Sheppard’s family and friends had not heard from him and contacted law enforcement.
Sheppard’s death is being investigated as a homicide. His body was reportedly sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office. Investigators will meet with the medical examiner today.
UPDATE: Jan. 10 @ 8:53 p.m.:
Officials at the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department tell 59 News Clarance Sheppard, 72, died in an incident being considered a homicide.
Deputies in Greenbrier County were on scene Wednesday, Jan. 10.
Sheriff Bruce Sloan said it happened at a home in the Rupert area. A body was reportedly sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office. Investigators said they’re waiting on an autopsy for an official report.
It is still an active investigation. The Sheriff said at this point, they are treating the death as a homicide.
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