Cold case from 2010 still haunts victim’s family

Mercer County

August 10, 2010 is a day that is engraved in the Cantrell’s mind forever. Crystal was a loving mother and daughter from McDowell County. 

Annette Keys is Crystal’s sister. She said that day is the day they lost the family’s back bone. 

“Wonderful mother, outstanding mother. She was full of life. Very dependable. Family going. She was my mom and dad’s right arm,” Keys said. 

Corporal James Baker works for West Virginia State Police. He said Crystal was last seen by family on August 6, 2010, and was later found on August 10 in Spanishburg. 

“We located her vehicle here and then she was located just over the embankment in the creek itself,” Baker said. 

Crystal’s family was also at the scene when her body was found. 

“When we went there and I got out of the truck and my feet touched the ground, I just went to my knees and I knew she was there. I just knew it. And it wasn’t 15 minutes later we had walked up on her body,” Keys said. 

Trooper Baker said they have a suspect in mind. 

“He needs to do some soul searching and anticipate a knock at their door sometime in the near future,” Baker said. 

CJ Wiseman is one of Crystal’s sons. He said they have seen the suspect only once since that dreadful day and he claims to have changed.

“All of a sudden he’s in church praying. My friends I have friends he works with and say he sits in his truck and he reads his Bible every morning, I’m assuming repenting for what he’s done. He knows it was wrong. He knows he shouldn’t have done that,” Wiseman said. 

Crystal’s family said that he did not just take her away from them, but also from the next generation in their family. 

“I have a daughter that she will never get to experience the love that I did get to experience with my mom, because she is such a beautiful person. And my brother has a son that he won’t get to experience that love from his grandmother. It’s just overwhelming to say the least,” Wiseman said. 

Crystal’s mom said all she wants is justice to be served here on Earth. 

Trooper Baker said if anyone has any information that could help them with the investigation, call the State Police Princeton Detachment. 

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