Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood would like to announce that his office has received five new sheriff’s patrol vehicles recently. Sheriff Wood states that the patrol vehicles his office had been using are older vehicles with an average of 162,000 miles on them. These older vehicles were costly to maintain with several break downs and repairs being done to keep these vehicles on the road for the county.
Sheriff Wood approached the Meigs County Commissioners about leasing new cruisers through the state bid and Commissioners Mike Bartrum, Tim Ihle, and Randy Smith agreed to enter into the lease program to obtain new vehicles for the sheriff’s office and along with Sheriff Wood, using forfeited drug money, was able to purchase five new police package cruisers, one being a 2014 Dodge Charger and the other four being 2015 Ford Interceptor Utility vehicles that are all wheel drive.
The last new vehicles that were purchased by the County Commissioners for the sheriff’s office was back in 1998 when five new Ford Crown Victoria’s were purchased for the sheriff’s office after several cruisers were red tagged and parked for being unsafe.
Sheriff Wood would like to thank the Meigs County Commissioners for their assistance and cooperation with providing his office better vehicles to serve the citizens of Meigs County.
Meigs County Sheriff Keith O. Wood reports a body discovered Saturday on the banks of the Ohio River has been identified as 16 year old Erika Brown who was reported missing on August 10 from Kanahwa County West Virginia.
Sheriff Wood states that Ernest M. Roach (36 Years of Age) of Racine was taken into custody on federal charges out of Kanahwa County in connection with the disappearance of Erika Brown after being stopped by an Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper.
While Roach was in the custody, the remains of Brown were discovered by a group of individuals camping on the Ohio River. Meigs County Prosecutor Collen Williams states Roach will be charged with Murder on August 2, 2014. Roach is currently in the custody of The United States Marshal Service in South Central Regional Jail in West Virginia.
Sheriff Wood states that the investigation has been a joint effort between The Meigs County Sheriff's Office, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification, Kanahwa County WV. Sheriff's Office, Jackson County WV. Sheriff's Office, and The United Stated Marshal Service.
The investigation is currently ongoing and further details will be released as they become available.