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WELCH, WV (WVNS) — The identity of a man who was found dead in the Skygusty area was released on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. Troopers with the Welch detachment of the West Virginia State Police said victim is John Thomas McGuire of Minnesota.

McGuire’s body was found on Sept. 26 buried in a shallow grave. It was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for Identification.

Troopers said they have three suspects in the investigation. The names of the suspects were not released, but all are currently being held in the West Virginia jail system. One of the suspects is being held on an unrelated charge. The other two are charged with Concealment of a Dead Body.

The investigation is still open. It is being conducted by State Police.


ORIGINAL STORY (AP) –West Virginia State Police say human remains have been found in McDowell County.

Police Sgt. C.K. McKenzie told the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that the remains were discovered Tuesday in the Skygusty area and are not connected to three other sets of remains found in the region since June.

First Sgt. J.K. Cooper said police received information that led them to the buried remains, which have been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for identification.

The remains of 46-year-old Billy Joe Baker were found on June 7 and police say his death doesn’t appear suspicious.

Officials are still trying to identify remains found on June 17.


SKYGUSTY, WV (WVNS)– According to Sergeant McKenzie with the Welch Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, human remains where found in the Skygusty area of McDowell County. The body was located during the evening hours on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019.

Details on the investigation are limited at this time. McKenzie said the body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for identification.

Anyone with information on the investigation should contact the State Police Detachment in Welch at 304-436-2101. Anonymous tips can also be left with Crime Stoppers of West Virignia at the organization’s website.

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