Murder Investigation

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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.

Multiple Meth Labs Busted

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Several people face charges after the Meigs County Sheriff's Office found numerous meth labs at two separate locations. The first labs were found at a home on Corn Hollow Road in Rutland. Sheriff Keith Wood says two gas generators and two one-pot reactionary vessels were found at the home.

Missy Priddy, 31, and Van Prince, Jr., 42, were arrested and charged with illegal possession and assembly of chemicals to make methamphetamine. Deputies arrested five people at a home on Lasher Road after several one-pot reactionary vessels, various gas generators, and large amounts of materials used to manufacture meth were found at the home.

Scott Nickels, 41, Danny Morgan, 29, Kayla King, 23, and Wesley Gilkey, 40, were all arrested and charged with illegal possession and assembly of chemicals.

An arrest warrant has been issued for the homeowner, 57-year-old Danny Walker. Call the Sheriff's Office if you have seen him. Morgan was also charged with failure to register as a sex offender. Both Morgan and Gilkey also had warrants for their arrest for failure to appear in Meigs County Common Plea on other cases.

The Middleport police Department, Rutland Fire Department, and medics from Meigs County EMS assisted in the neutralization of the meth labs.

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Middleport Meth Bust

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Three people are facing charges after a meth lab bust at a home near Middleport.

Sheriff Keith Wood says deputies responded to a home in the 28000 block of State Route 7 Saturday evening, to find a suspect wanted for questioning for a breaking and entering. When they got on scene, deputies found marijuana at the house. They executed a search warrant and found 51-year-old Tony Chapell, the homeowner, Stephanie Lyons, 33, and Michael Napper, 31.

Deputies were advised there was an active meth lab in the home. A one-pot lab was found cooking, according to investigators.

All three were charged with manufacturing meth, drug possession and illegal assembly of chemicals.

Napper is also wanted on similar charges out of Vinton County, as well as endangering children, and drug possession in Meigs County. He was recently indicted on another meth charge in Meigs County. The suspects are being held in Meigs County until they can be arraigned on the charges next week.

Middlepot Police and Middleport Fire Department assisted in the case.

The original suspect wanted for the breaking and entering was not at the home at the time of the search.

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