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UPDATE: March Gets Life Without Mercy in Kathy Goble Murder Case

By: Brooks Jarosz; WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Brooks Jarosz; WSAZ News Staff Email

 

UPDATE 1/31/13 @ 3:55 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man charged in a high profile murder case in Charleston will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Charles March was sentenced to life in prison with no mercy Thursday.

The sentence is in connection with the death of March's co-worker Kathy Goble.

Goble was reported missing in April 2010, but her body wasn't found until last year.

Police say March killed, dismembered and buried Goble's body at his home.

Late last year, March entered a Kennedy plea in connection with Goble's death. That means he didn't admit guilt, but acknowledged prosecutors had enough evidence to get a conviction.

During Thursday's hearing, March read a prepared statement saying he can't stop thinking about what happened.



UPDATE 12/19/12 @ 10:15 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- After going back and forth for weeks, the man accused in a gruesome murder in Charleston -- has admitted to the crime.

Charles March made a Kennedy Plea to first-degree murder Wednesday afternoon.

Police say March killed, cut up and buried Kathy Goble at his home back in 2010.

A Kennedy Plea means he does not admit guilt, but he knows prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him for the crime.

March spoke out in court saying he was guilty.

Goble's family and friends say they may never know what led to her murder.

This plea comes after two other hearings where his guilty pleas were rejected. There were concerns about whether he was mentally capable of admitting to the murder.

A doctor testified today that March was competent.

March will be sentenced on January 31.

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UPDATE 12/19/12 @ 10:15 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A suspect wanting to plead guilty in a gruesome murder in Charleston says he needs more time to think about his decision.

Charles March is accused of killing, cutting up and burying Kathy Goble in 2010.

March told the court, Wednesday morning he wanted to admit to the crime saying he had caused his and Goble's family enough pain. March's attorney argued March was confused and the judge should not accept his guilty plea.

As the hearing continued, March told the judge he needed more time to think about his decision to plead guilty in the case. Judge Duke Bloom told March he has until 3 p.m. Wednesday to make a decision.

Prosecuting Attorney, Mark Plants tell WSAZ.com he doesn't know if the plea deal will still be on the table tomorrow.

WSAZ.com will have a crew in the courtroom for the Wednesday afternoon plea hearing. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 11/28/12 @ 6:45 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A judge rejected a guilty plea in the case against Charles March who's accused of killing, cutting up and burying a former co-worker.

Charles March is accused of murdering Kathy Goble in 2010. In the interest of justice, the judge didn't want to move forward until all the evidence is on the record.

Rolling into court once on a stretcher and now in a wheelchair, March was hoping to accept and admit his guilt.

"I'm fine, I'd just like to get this over with today, if possible," March said. "I'd love to just do it right now."

Judge Duke Bloom rejected that plea, saying they are waiting on an independent psychiatric exam and forensic evidence results. Bloom even suggested March seek new counsel and get a new lawyer, but March said he wasn't interested.

For Kathy Goble's family and close friends, it's hard enough to face the man they say is responsible.

"I personally don't have any respect for Mr. March at all, regardless of what he does," Goble family friend, Billy Herrald said.

With March's failed suicide attempt in jail and letter left behind claiming his innocence, the judge wanted to make sure and protect his rights by delaying the plea.

"It is a little bit of a disappointment because everyone is just ... we want to get this over with and move forward a little bit," Herrald said.

After more than two years of pain and agony, everyone is left to sit, wait and wonder what's next.

Goble's family and friends tell WSAZ.com it's tough during this time of year with the holidays, but they'll get through by being with each other.

"Anytime someone like that is taken out of this world, the whole world suffers a little because that joy is gone," Herrald said.

Bloom wanted to wait until the next term in late January to start March's trial. March's attorney objected and said that's against his right for a speedy trial. March is now set to be back in court the day after Christmas.

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UPDATE 11/28/12 @ 2:40 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man accused of killing a co-worker and then burying her body in his backyard was back in court Wednesday.

Charles March is accused of murdering Kathy Goble in 2010. Her body was not found until nearly two years later.

March entered the courtroom in a wheelchair Wednesday afternoon. He is still recovering from a failed suicide attempt while in prison.

The judge suggested moving the trial to the next term, but the defense objected. His attorney said it was against March's right to a speedy trial if the case were to be delayed to the next term.

The state told the judge that they are ready for trial but are still waiting for forensic evidence to be returned.

In an effort to have a complete and thorough record, Judge Duke Bloom set the new trial date for December 26.

March did address the court during the hearing. Against advice from his attorney, he told the judge that he wants everything to be over and wants to plead guilty.

A plea was not accepted from March during the hearing.

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UPDATE 11/28/12 @ 11:40 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An accused murderer is expected to enter a plea Wednesday after deputies say he killed, cut up and buried his co-workers body in his backyard.

Charles March is accused of murdering Kathy Goble in 2010. Her body was not found until nearly two years later.

The plea hearing was pushed back after a courtroom staff member became ill. It is set for Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in front of Judge Duke Bloom.

March was seriously hurt when he tried to commit suicide in jail -- having to be brought in on a stretcher last time he was in court. Prosecutors say March left behind a suicide note, claiming he loved his family and couldn't go to jail for a crime he didn't commit.

The judge said the court would accept a not guilty plea following the attempted suicide.

WSAZ.com's Brooks Jarosz will be in the courtroom and updating his twitter. Follow him: @WSAZBrooks

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UPDATE 11/26/12 @ 10:45 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man accused killing, cutting up and burying a co-workers body in his backyard will have to wait to be back in front of a judge.

A plea hearing set for Monday afternoon has been pushed back until Wednesday.

Court officials aren't saying why the hearing was delayed.

March is accused of murdering Kathy Goble in 2010. Her body was not found until nearly two years later.

The two worked together at Kelley's Mens Shop in Charleston. Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies say March was seriously hurt when he tried to commit suicide in jail -- having to be brought in on a stretcher last time he was in court.

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UPDATE 11/25/12 @ 1 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man accused killing, cutting up and burying a co-workers body in his backyard is expected to be back in front of a judge Monday afternoon.

Court records show Charles March will enter a plea in front of Judge Duke Bloom in Kanawha County at 2 p.m.

March is accused of murdering Kathy Goble in 2010. Her body was not found until nearly two years later.

The two worked together at Kelley's Mens Shop in Charleston. Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies say March was seriously hurt when he tried to commit suicide in jail -- having to be brought in on a stretcher last time he was in court.

We will have a crew in the courtroom. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updates.



UPDATE 8/17/12 @ 2:40 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The suspect in the murder of a missing woman from Charleston rolled into a courtroom on a gurney Friday following his a suicide attempt in jail.

Defense lawyers crowded around Charles March about 2 p.m. Friday for a murder arraignment in front of Circuit Court Judge Duke Bloom.

Police say March killed Kathy Goble in 2010 and buried her remains in his yard. Detectives say March confessed to the murder.

However, a little more than a week ago, officials at the South Central Regional Jail say March tried to jump off the second tier of a cell block. He was taken to the hospital and is still recovering from his injuries.

"It wasn't necessarily surprising," said Billy Herrald, a friend of the victim's family. "Anyone who's facing life in jail probably doesn't have a lot of hope."

Prosecutors say March left behind a suicide note, claiming he loved his family and couldn't go to jail for a crime he didn't commit.

"No matter what happens we still want justice to come about and Mr. March to face trial," Herrald said. "He admitted guilt in the beginning, and that's what we're holding him to, and apparently the evidence proves that his admission of guilt was true."

March didn't say much during his arraignment. The judge says the court would accept a not guilty plea following the attempted suicide.

The defense called for a psychiatric evaluation for March because of the incident. The trial date has now been pushed back to December.

"For two years, we were left just wondering what happened and if she had just run away or something actually did happen to her," Herrald said. "Now we know that so it's somewhat of a sense of closure, but there's still a lot to be said."

Bloom also granted a gag order for all law enforcement officials and lawyers associated with the case. In addition, all documents and evidence has been placed under seal until after trial.

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UPDATE 8/8/12 @ 5:20 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The prime suspect in the murder of a Charleston woman is in the hospital after he tried to commit suicide.

Officials at the South Central Regional Jail say Charles March tried to jump off the second tier of a cell block about 7 a.m. Wednesday.

He was still in the hospital Wednesday night with non-life threatening injuries.

Police say March killed Kathy Goble in 2010 and buried her remains in his yard.

March will be arraigned on a first-degree murder charge next week.



UPDATE 7/27/12
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man accused of killing his co-worker and then burying her body in a shallow grave has been indicted by a grand jury.

Charles March was indicted on murder and concealment of deceased human body in connection with the death of Kathy Goble. She’s the woman who went missing in April 2010, but her remains were never found until May 2012.

Police say March strangled Kathy at his home on Ohio Avenue in Chesapeake, two years ago and then dismembered her body and buried her remains in a shallow grave at his home. The remains were found just days after the two year anniversary of her disappearance.

Members of several law enforcement agencies and the Smithsonian spent days at March’s home digging for evidence in the case.

Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants says they found a purse that is believed to have belonged to Kathy. Police say March also confessed to the killing when he was arrested.

March and Kathy both worked at Kelley’s Mens Shop in Charleston.

March is expected to be arraigned on the charges on August 10.

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UPDATE 6/02/12 @ 5 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but only one word comes to mind when you see a picture of Kathy Goble: happy.

"I've never met such a wonderful, genuine, happy person in my life. If you were in a bad mood and talked to Kathy it was immediately gone. She could find a way to help you see the positive in every situation," said Billy Herrald, a friend of Kathy’s.

"Just always giggling. I don't think I ever seen Kathy in a bad mood. She was just like one of the most wonderful people you've ever met," said Jacqueline Bevan, a friend of Kathy’s

Sadly, Kathy’s life was taken in April of 2010. On Saturday, friends and family finally got a chance to say goodbye at Calvary Baptist Church in Charleston.

But celebrating her life wasn’t enough.

"She loved people in general but she just had a special way with children and if she saw a child in need she would just ache for that child more so than anyone I've ever seen," said Herrald.

So, a fund has been set up in Kathy’s name to help a passion of hers live on.

"They wanted to find a way to help women and children who are affected by domestic violence in our area because Kathy did have a passion for children, especially children in need, so they thought this would be a great way to carry on her memory and help some people in her honor," said Herrald.

Printed on the program for Saturday’s service is a fitting quote: ‘In my end is my beginning.’

"Even though she's gone this is going to be her way of reaching out," said Bevan.

If you'd like to contribute to the Kathy Goble Trust, donations can be sent to: Kathy Goble Trust; P.O. Box 6135; Charleston, WV 25362



UPDATE 5/30/12 @ 12:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The woman found buried in shallow grave in eastern Kanawha County will be honored this weekend.

The funeral for Sheila "Kathy" Goble, 64, of Charleston, is planned for 11 a.m. this Saturday, June 2, at Calvary Baptist Church in Charleston.

Friends may pay their final respects from 10 a.m. until the service time Saturday at the church.

Goble disappeared in April 2010, but her remains were not found until last month.

Goble was employed by Kelly's Men's Shop in Charleston.

One of her co-workers, Charles March, is charged in her murder.

According to the obituary, in lieu of flowers, the family asks you donate to what they've named the Kathy Goble Trust which benefits women and children of domestic violence.

Donations will be taken on the day of the service.

A private family burial will be at a later date in Elk Hills Memorial Gardens in Big Chimney.



UPDATE 5/7/12 @ 10:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The case against Charles March, a man accused of killing his co-worker and then burying her body in his yard is moving forward.

Police say March killed Kathy Goble, then cut her body up and buried her in a shallow grave in his yard in Chesapeake, W.Va.

Goble disappeared in April 2010, but what are presumed to be her remains were not found until last month.

March waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday afternoon, which means a Kanawha County grand jury will now consider evidence and facts of the case.



UPDATE 4/27/12 @ 1:15 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Investigators have cleared the scene where the remains of a missing woman from Charleston was found earlier this week.

Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants tells WSAZ.com he believes the forensic work at the home of Charles March has wrapped up.

Investigators say March strangled Kathy Goble at his home on Ohio Avenue in Chesapeake, two years ago and then dismembered her body and buried her remains.

Members of several law enforcement agencies and the Smithsonian have been digging in the yard since Wednesday.

Plants say they also have found a purse that is believed to have belonged to Kathy.

Police say March has confessed to the killing and remains in jail.

He's expected back in court May 7.

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UPDATE 4/26/12 @ 10 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- For two years, 62-year-old Kathy Goble's loved ones held onto hope she would somehow turn up ok.

"We just want everybody to remember Kathy for who she was,” family friend Jackie Bevan said. “There was always a smile on her face. She never met a stranger."

Thursday evening they held a candlelight vigil outside Kelley's Mens Shop in Charleston where her co-workers were like a second family.

"Needless to say the last 36 hours have been the most shocking, the most unbelievable and the most devastating and saddest times we've experienced at the store, and in everyone's personal lives," Kristi Walker, the store vice president, said.

Now investigators are digging up a murder suspect's backyard and searching his home in hopes of finding more clues and evidence in the case of a missing woman from Charleston.

Goble went missing two years ago this week. Police say a coworker of Goble's confessed to the crime.

Charles March was arrested and charged with first-degree murder after he told Kanawha County Sheriff's detectives that he strangled and killed Goble, cut up her body and buried her remains.

Archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute were on scene at March's home in Chesapeake Thursday, digging and scouring his yard looking for evidence.

For neighbors it's shocking and disturbing knowing that the crime scene and Kathy's body was uncovered so close to home.

You couldn't have a heart to do something like he did to that lady," neighbor Charles Hughey said. "It's just a big surprise, that's all I can say. I've known him for 27 years."

March's son found the remains and tells WSAZ.com he's shaken by his father's actions. He says it's unimaginable and feels for the Goble family.

Sheriff Mike Rutherford says March's son is not a suspect and believes March acted alone.

"His son was very upset about this and we have no indication at all that he may be involved at all," Sheriff Mike Rutherford said.

Police say the initial investigation shows that Goble and March were nothing more than coworkers.

Neighbors knew of Kathy's disappearance and even asked March about her when she first went missing.

"He was kind of a little short about it and kind of just blew me off," neighbor Greg Hawks said. "But who would dream that she would end up down there."

While police say March did give them a motive, they still need to search every angle of an unraveling crime scene.

Kathy's car was found along Interstate 64 in Putnam County, and March told police she left it there, however, detectives are not ruling out other possibilities.

The sheriff says so far drugs do not appear to be a factor in the crime. Prosecutors were on the scene Thursday as more of Kathy's remains were uncovered.

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UPDATE 4/26/12 @ 11:55 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Family and friends will gather Thursday night to honor the life of Kathy Goble, the woman murdered by a former co-worker.

Kathy, 62, of Charleston, went missing two years ago this week.

Investigators say Charles Eugene March, 60, of Chesapeake, is charged with murder in connection with Kathy's disappearance.

March was taken into custody Wednesday while he was working at Kelley's Mens Shop. That's where the two of them worked together before she disappeared.

According to a release, a body was found at March's home at 12713 Ohio Avenue in Chesapeake about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies have reason to believe the remains are those of Goble. Sources tell WSAZ.com the body was found in a shallow grave near the home.

A candlelight vigil in memory of Kathy is scheduled for Thursday at Kelley's Mens Shop in Charleston. It's scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m.

Meanwhile, investigators remain at March's home Thursday. A spokesperson with West Virginia State Police tell WSAZ.com a crew from the Smithsonian will be on scene where Kathy's body was found in the next hour to help with the investigation.

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UPDATE 4/25/12 @ 10 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Ever since Kathy Goble of Charleston disappeared, those who loved her kept waiting -- holding on to hope that they might see her again.

"There was hope that she had just gone away ... got overwhelmed and went somewhere on her own," family friend Billy Herrald said.

Now, exactly two years and one day later, those hopes were dashed. Some of 62-year-old Goble's remains were found in a plastic bag, and a co-worker is being charged with her murder.

The suspect is 60-year-old Charles Eugene March of Chesapeake, W.Va. Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies say the remains were found outside March's residence at 12713 Ohio Ave. Sources tell WSAZ.com the body was found in a shallow grave near the home.

"She loved children, and she loved people in general ... She was always happy and one of the nicest people I've ever met," Herrald said. "That makes it so difficult to understand why anybody would do something like this to her."

Kathy and March had both worked at Kelley's Mens Shop in Charleston -- a family-style business where everyone knew each other.

"We're still in shock ... I don't really know how to react," said vice president Kristi Walker. "This is just completely surreal."

Kathy worked at the shop for 10 years while March had worked there for 30 years. Walker said she never noticed any signs of an unusual dynamic between them.

"She was friends with him like she was friends with everybody in the store," Walker said. "There was never any indication that things were different than any of our family relationships in the store."

"I talked to [March] a week ago in Kelley's as I was shopping there," Herrald said. "I would have never expected him to do something like this."



UPDATE 4/25/12 @ 2 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An employee at Kelly's Mens Shop in Charleston is now charged in the death of his former co-worker, who went missing two years ago in Kanawha County.

According to a news release, Charles Eugene March, 60, of Chesapeake, is charged with murder in connection with the disappearance of Kathy Goble, 62, of Charleston.

March was taken into custody Wednesday while he was working at Kelley's Mens Shop. That's also where Goble worked before she disappeared.

According to a release, a body was found at March's home at 12713 Ohio Avenue in Chesapeake about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies have reason to believe the remains are those of Goble. Sources tell WSAZ.com the body was found in a shallow grave near the home.

"It's absolutely crazy because we've known this man our whole lives," March's neighbor Missy Smith said. "We never dreamed he'd be capable of something like this. This is a small quiet neighborhood. Everybody keeps to themselves. It's not something that happens every day. "

Goble was last seen on April 24, 2010 -- two years ago this week.

Two days later she didn't show up for work at Kelley's Mens Shop in Charleston. Her boss later found her car sitting along Interstate 64 in Putnam County.

Since then, few details have been released in the case.

During a news conference Wednesday afternoon, deputies released more information about the case.

Deputies say March confessed to the crime. He told investigators he strangled Goble to death and then wrapped her body in a blanket and placed her in the bathtub. According to deputies, March told investigators he dismembered her body the next day and then buried her remains in his back yard.

A family spokesperson also spoke at the news conference Wednesday.

The family friend says they just learned what happened and they're trying to make sense of what happened.

This is the first time someone has spoke on the family's behalf since Goble disappeared.

Chesapeake Mayor Damron Bradshaw tells WSAZ.com March's son, was digging in his father's yard when he discovered a head in a plastic bag. The son called Chesapeake Town Hall to report what he found, but no officers were in so Mayor Bradshaw headed to the scene.

When Bradshaw saw the bag he called police to investigate.

"I looked at it and confirmed what I thought was a head in a bag because of the hair and I immediately called 911," Mayor Bradshaw said.

The son told Mayor Bradshaw he was digging to fix an ongoing problem at his father's home where the ground kept sinking and filling with water.

Mayor Bradshaw says the state police crime lab will be on scene through Wednesday night because investigators are waiting on a team from the Smithsonian to help with the case.

"Coming from a small community it's pretty shocking," March's neighbor Brian Beaver said.

"They're pretty good people. I mean I've never known any trouble out of them, Beaver said. "Makes you think twice about how far you let your children ride their bicycles up the road."

March was arraigned on the criminal charges Wednesday afternoon at the Kanawha County Courthouse.

March sat quietly in magistrate court as he waited to be arraigned on the charges. He was still wearing the tie, suit and dress shoes that he was wearing when he was taken into custody.

NewsChannel 3s Brooks Jarosz was in the courtroom during March's arraignment. When he asked if he was sorry, March refused to answer and walked out of the courtroom.

Deputies say no one else is believed to be involved. The motive is still unknown.

Employees at Kelley's Mens Shop say they are praying for Goble's family and hope they can find a sense of peace during this difficult time.

Employees say Goble and March were their friends and they were all close so they were shocked to hear the details released today.

Employees say March was not taken away in handcuffs Wednesday morning.

During the news conference, deputies say March was interviewed three times after Goble disappeared, but they didn't have enough evidence to execute a search warrant at March's home until the body was found.

March is being held without bond.

He's scheduled to be back in court for his preliminary hearing on May 7 at 1:30 p.m.

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UPDATE 4/25/10
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A body has been found in Chesapeake, W.Va. and investigators tell WSAZ.com they believe its the woman who went missing from Kanawha County two years ago this week.

A spokesperson with West Virginia State Police tell WSAZ.com a body was found in a shallow grave at a home along Ohio Avenue in Chesapeake.

The call came in about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Damron Bradshaw, mayor of Chesapeake, says investigators do have a person in custody. No word if any charges have been filed.

Sources tell WSAZ.com the body is believed to be Kathy Goble. She was last seen on April 24, 2010.

Two days later she didn't show up for work at Kelly's Mens Shop in Charleston. Her boss later found her car sitting along Interstate 64 in Putnam County.

Since then, few details have been released in the case.

Employees at Kelly's Mens Shop tell WSAZ.com investigators were at the store Wednesday morning and questioned employees about the case.

Mayor Bradshaw says the man who lives at the home where the body was found Wednesday morning is an employee at Kelly's Men Shop.

West Virginia State Police Crime Scene Investigators remain on the scene.

Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants is expected to release more information in the next 15 minutes.

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UPDATE 4/23/12 @ 6:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- After two years of questions, there are still no answers -- adding up to frustration for friends and family of a woman who vanished without a trace.

As long as her disappearance is a mystery, coworkers of Kathy Goble say they'll never stop hoping that she will be found.

Tuesday marks two years since she was last seen. As time passes, even more confusion is setting in.

“She wasn't the kind of person to just go off and not call anybody or let anybody know,” Tami Lowmiller, Goble’s coworker said.

Goble was last seen April 24, 2010. Two days later, she didn't show up for work. Now, two years later there’s still no sign of her.

Goble’s co-workers at Kelly's Men's Shop in Charleston were already expecting her to be late that morning because of her son’s doctor appointment. They say when her son showed up looking for her, though, that was the first sign that she had disappeared.

“We started calling around, and that's how we found out she was missing,” Lowmiller said. “Nobody had seen her or heard anything from her.”

Days later, Gobble’s boss spotted her car along Interstate 64 in Putnam County, but there haven’t been many clues since.

“(We’re) just as confused. Maybe even more because everybody's got their own theory about what has happened to her,” Lowmiller said. “Just bring Kathy home, please. Bring her home safely. Her family and friends miss her.”

The Kanawha Bureau of Investigation is the agency handling this case.

According to the sheriff's office, there is no new information about what may have happened to Goble.



UPDATE 4/24/11 @ 9:45 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Sunday marks one year since a Charleston woman went missing, and while the search hasn't let up, keeping hope up can be a struggle for some.

“Since Kathy's disappearance, we had these posters made, and the poster has been here since the day she disappeared,” Kristi Walker, vice president of Kelley’s Mens Shop, said.

It was April 24th, 2010 when Kathy Goble was last seen. Her co-workers last saw her at Kelley's Mens shop where she worked for ten years.

“When she left here we all expected to see her back again on Monday,” Walker said.

Walker was alarmed when Goble didn't show up for work. Then she stumbled upon something else strange.

“I passed what looked like her car,” Walker said

She found Kathy’s car on I-64 in Putnam County. A white towel was hanging from the window.

“It was just a clean white bar towel,” Walker said. “Which isn't something Kathy would have generally been carrying in her car.”

Now, one year later the pieces still aren't coming together.

“We try to keep hope, but after a year; the likelihood becomes less that it's gonna have a positive outcome,” Walker said.

It leaves many questions unanswered.

“It still seems like she wasn't the one driving her car that day,” Walker said.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department is still investigating Goble's disappearance. If you have any information, give them a call at (304) 357-0169.



UPDATE 5/25/10 @ 9:20 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- It's been a month since relatives and friends last heard from a Kanawha County woman whose vehicle was found abandoned along Interstate 64 in Putnam County.

Kanawha County Sheriff's Lt. Sean Crosier says investigators have little information on the disappearance of 62-year-old Shelia "Kathy" Goble.

She had left work on Charleston's west side on April 24 and Crosier says Goble last was seen leaving a South Charleston home that night. Her 2004 Honda Pilot was abandoned at the 42-mile marker on I-64, two miles from the Crooked Creek exit.

Friends and family have launched a website, www.kathygoble.com, and have distributed fliers in several states.

You can check out the website by clicking on the link below.



UPDATE 4/30/10 @ 10 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Nearly a week has gone by since Kathy Goble was last spotted. Investigators say Goble, who is from Charleston, seems to have just vanished. They have few clues, but her family and friends are still holding onto hope that she will be found.

Loved ones, feeling lost themselves, joined together in Charleston Friday night to keep the spotlight on her disappearance.

"It's been terrible," coworker Kristi Waldeck says. "We've all just been racking our brain trying to come up with information that might help police."

Goble was last seen on Saturday. Detective Sean Snuffer with the Kanawha County's Sheriff department says she was seen on surveillance cameras at the Southridge Walmart on Saturday. She also was spotted at Kenna Homes. But since then, he says it's like she vanished.

Goble's car was found alongside Interstate 64 near Winfield in Putnam County on Monday by a coworker. Investigators say there is no reason she would have been in that area, and search dogs didn't find any clues there.

There also has been no activity on any of her bank accounts. Investigators are interviewing friends and family and following tips that they have received.

Kathy's friends say not knowing is the hardest part, but they are not giving up hope.

"Whether she was abducted and can get away and get home safely or if she just went off on her own, we still don't know," family friend Billy Herrald says. "So we just hope and pray."

And they join together. Dozens of people gathered outside of Kelley's Men's Shop Friday night. Goble worked at the store for 10 years.

"She was a jubilant person," Virginia Wright says. "We always would laugh when I came into the store."

When Goble didn't show up to work on Monday, her coworkers -- who are like family -- knew something was wrong.

Since then, the store has been ground zero in the fight to find Kathy.

"I hope everyone who saw this, saw how much she's missed and loved by all her family and friends," Waldeck says. "We just really hope if anyone has any information they'll come forward."

If you have any information that could help police find Goble, you are asked to call the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department at 304-357-0169.



UPDATE 4/29/10 @ 9 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Friends and family of a woman missing from Charleston since Saturday plan to come together and pray for her safe return.

A candlelight service is scheduled Friday evening for Kathy Goble.

It is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Kelley's Men's shop.

Goble was last seen at 5:30 Saturday evening when she left work at Kelley's Men's Shop. Her car was found along the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 near the Winfield exit in Putnam County.

Wednesday night, investigators had cadaver dogs and blood hounds searching the area, but they did not pick up on anything.

Investigators say they are now interviewing Goble's friends, family and co-workers.

If you have any information about where she may be, call the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department at 304-357-0169.



UPDATE 4/28/10 @ 9 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The search for a Kanawha County woman who has been missing since Saturday is intensifying.

Law enforcement officials had cadaver dogs and bloodhounds out along Interstate 64 in Putnam County near the Winfield exit Wednesday evening.

That is where Kathy Goble's car was found Monday evening.

Kathy hasn't been seen or heard from since 5:30 Saturday evening when she left work at Kelley's Men's Shop in Charleston.

Investigators say the dogs weren't able to pick up on anything tonight. They continue talking with family members, friends and co-workers of Kathy.

If you know where she may be, you are asked to call the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department at 304-357-0169.



ORIGINAL STORY 4/26/10
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Kanawha County woman has been missing since Saturday, and her family is looking for answers to where she might be.

According to a news release, Kathy Goble was last seen around 5:30 p.m. Saturday leaving Kelley's Men's Shop. A family member tells WSAZ.com Goble works at Kelley's Mens Shop.

An employee at Kelley's Men's Shop tells WSAZ.com Goble was always prompt for work and when she didn't show up for work on Monday, it was very out of the ordinary.

Sheriff's Deputies say Goble may have also gone to the Watt's Hill area in Charleston and then possibly to Kenna Drive in South Charleston.

Deputies found Goble's silver Honda Pilot Monday evening along the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 at the Winfield exit in Putnam County.

Investigators believe her SUV was parked in that location as early as 7:00 p.m. Sunday.

Goble, 62, has no history of medical problems.

If you know where she may be, you are asked to call the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department at 304-357-0169.


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