UPDATE: Man charged in Ronceverte Fatal Fire taken into custody

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RONCEVERTE, WV (WVNS) — August 29, 2021, 6:35 p.m. UPDATE: Greenbrier County Sheriff Bruce Sloan confirms Jeremiah Powell, of Marlinton, WV, was taken into custody.

Powell was arrested at his home in Pocahontas County with assistance from the Marlinton State Police Detachment. He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with a fatal fire in Ronceverte.

The fire happened on Thursday, April 2, 2020, at the home of Joseph (Danny) and Daisy Foster on Fullen Cemetery Road in Ronceverte.

Powell is being held at Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

A $10,000.00 reward is being offered by the WV State Fire Marshal’s Office for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s).

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office at (304) 647-6634 or Crime Stoppers of West Virginia at (304)-255-STOP or email at www.crimestopperswv.com. You can remain anonymous.

The investigation is ongoing.


August 28, 2021, 8:24 p.m. UPDATE: The Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department confirms a man is charged in connection to a fatal fire in Ronceverte.

Jeremiah Powell was arrested and charged with two counts of 1st-degree murder in the death of Danny and Daisy Foster.

Sheriff Bruce Sloan is expected to release further details Sunday, August 29, 2021.


April 6, 2020 5:40 p.m. UPDATE: The State Fire Marshal’s Office is offering an award for any new information about the fatal fire that happened on April 2, 2020.

Investigators are asking the public if they know anything about the activities that happened in the area of River Road and Fully Cemetery Road between 10 p.m. on April 1 and 5 a.m. on April 2. This would include people walking or driving in the area.

A reward of $5,000 will be offered for any information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s). 

If you have any information, contact the West Virginia State Fire Marshal Hotline at 1-800-233-3473, or the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department at 304-647-6634. Tips can also be left with Crime Stoppers of West Virginia at the organization’s website or by using the P3 Tips App on any Apple or Android device.

Rewards are available for information which leads to an arrest. Best of all you never have to leave your name.


April 3, 2020 10:05 p.m. UPDATE: The Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department released the names of the people who died in the house fire.

Joseph Daniel Foster and his wife, Daisy Foster, passed away after their home caught fire near Ronceverte. According to Sheriff Bruce Sloan, their deaths are being investigated as a double homicide.

Members of the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office, West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office and the West Virginia State Police are continuing the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office at (304) 647-6634 or the Greenbrier County 911 Center at (304) 647-7911.


ORIGINAL STORY: A house fire in Greenbrier County killed two people.

Greenbrier County Sheriff Bruce Sloan told 59News the fire started around 5 a.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at a home on Fullen Cemetery Road near Ronceverte. When crews put out the fire, they discovered two people were dead inside the home.

The bodies were sent to the State Medical Examiner’s office in Charleston. Sheriff Sloan said he is not releasing their names yet.

Members of the Ronceverte and Fairlea Fire Departments, Fairlea EMS, and the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department responded to the call.

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