UPDATE: Kareem Hunter's Family Marches For Justice

By: Olivia Fecteau; Rahel Solomon, WSAZ News Staff, Michael Clouse Email
By: Olivia Fecteau; Rahel Solomon, WSAZ News Staff, Michael Clouse Email
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UPDATE 10/3/13 @ 6:15 p.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- On Thursday, just hours before investigators issued a warrant for Kelsey Legg in connection with Kareem Hunter's murder, Hunter's parents drove in from Virginia to join the search efforts for their son.

"I am so tore apart. I just don't know which way to go, what to do, who to talk to," Anthony Hunter, Kareem's father, said. "I'm just hoping that anybody with any kind of information that could just lead us to him."

Kareem's brother Anthony Bryant said emotions were high as the family continued waiting for information and searched for his brother.

"I'm numb, waiting for answers. But I'm still out here trying to find the answers," Bryant said.

Hunter's mother Linda said she and her son talked on the phone every other day. If he missed a day, she said, they would always talk on Sundays. The last time she spoke to him was on September 22, the day before he was last seen at a convenience store on Charleston's West Side, just two blocks from his sister's apartment at Orchard Manor.

"Each day that goes by, it makes the case colder and colder and keeps me further and further away from finding my son," Linda Hunter said. "I haven't slept in days. I haven't eaten. It's no normalcy now. Nothing is normal now."

With the new information released by investigators, Hunter's family now has some answers about how their son disappeared, but there are still a lot of questions about why.

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UPDATE 10/27/13 @ 11:45 p.m.
MARMET, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- If steps brought answers, then friends and family of Kareem Hunter would never have another question.

However, sadly, the biggest hole in their son's disappearance remains a mystery.

"We have already accepted the fact that he's no longer with us, but for us to get the closure that we need, we need his body," said Kareem's father Anthony.

It's been over a month since anyone has seen or heard from Kareem; longer for his parents who drove up from Virginia to join the search.

"That's all we can do, just day by day," said his mother Linda.

Sunday night, Kareem's followers continued showing their fight for justice; walking, chanting, and refusing to give up hope on Maccorkle Avenue in Marmet, West Virginia.

The sounds brought Danielle Tardy from her living room down to the street.

"I said, 'it's a sad situation and I'll be praying for y'all and God bless,'" said Tardy.

They were words from a stranger that touched the heart.

"Any parent can feel our pain," said Linda, "because it could have been anybody's son. It didn't just have to be our son, it could have been anybody's son."

While the wait for truth remains, the impact Kareem had is already being seen.

"This shows the love and respect that people had for him," said Anthony.

Anthony and Linda Hunter say they have a few more events planned to honor and raise awareness for their son.

If you have any information regarding his disappearance, no matter how small, call police.

One arrest has been made in this case. Kelsey Legg is charged with kidnapping and murder.

She's accused of luring Hunter to her apartment where the murder happened.

Deputies are still searching for another man in connection with this case.



UPDATE 10/18/13 @ 2:20 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The woman accused of killing a man, then ripping out the carpet in her apartment and painting the walls shortly after, was back in court Friday.

Kelsey Legg is accused of killing Kareem Hunter in her apartment in Marmet late last month. Legg was in court for a bond hearing.

However, a Kanawha County Circuit Judge says he will not let Legg out on bond due to the seriousness of the charges.

Legg's lawyer says Legg had only a single drug charge in her past and would live with her grandmother on home confinement if she was released, but the judge denied the motion.

Deputies are still looking for Hunter's body.



UPDATE 10/10/13 @ 2:55 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The mother of a murder victim from Charleston says she's still looking for answers in the death of her son.

Linda Hunter, Kareem Hunter's mother, attended a court hearing for Kelsely Legg. Legg is charged in Hunter's death.

Police say Legg killed Hunter in her apartment in Marmet late last month.

Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies are still looking for Hunter's body.

During the hearing Thursday, Legg waived her right to a preliminary hearing. Her case is now headed to the grand jury.

Several of Hunter's family members and friends attended the hearing.

Meanwhile, deputies are still looking for a man seen with Legg after the murder. He is considered a person of interest in the case.

If you know who he is, you're urged to call the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department at 304-357-0169.



UPDATE 10/8/13 @ 6:30 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies tell WSAZ.com that a man seen in surveillance video with Kelsey Legg is not believed to be involved in the murder of Kareem Hunter.

Legg is accused of killing Hunter in her apartment in Marmet, W.Va. She then painted and removed the original carpet.

Deputies are still looking for another man in connection with the case.

If you know who or where that man is, you are asked to call the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.



UPDATE 10/7/13 @ 8:25 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- New surveillance photos have been released in connection with a murder investigation in Kanawha County.

They show murder suspect Kelsey Legg with two men buying paint and other items from a home improvement store.

Legg, 19, is accused of killing Kareem Hunter in her apartment in Marmet, W.Va.

Deputies say after the murder, the apartment was painted and the carpet removed.

Legg remains in jail.

Surveillance images of the men can be seen by clicking on the View Gallery link above.

Anyone with information about the identity of the men is asked to call the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.



UPDATE 10/5/13 @ 9:15 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Murder suspect, Kelsey Legg, has turned herself in, according to Kanawha County sheriff's deputies.

Deputies say Legg is now being charged with kidnapping and felony murder.

Deputies spent days searching for Legg who's wanted for the murder of Kareem Hunter.

Hunter was reported missing more than a week ago, and is believed to have been killed in Legg's apartment.

Deputies say Legg lured Hunter to her house in Marmet where two men were seen leaving with his body.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 10/4/13 @ 8:05 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Surveillance video of a woman linked to a man's murder in Charleston recently was released by Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies.

The footage shows images of Kelsey Legg, 19, of Marmet, W.Va., and a man buying carpet just days after deputies believe Kareem Hunter was killed in Legg's apartment.

Deputies say Hunter was at Legg's house after she lured him there. They believe the apartment was cleaned and the original carpet removed.

Hunter's body hasn't been found. Deputies say they are trying to figure out the identity of the man in the video. They also continue to search for Legg.

To see a still from the surveillance video, click on the View Gallery link above.



UPDATE 10/3/13 @ 10:20 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The search for a missing Charleston man has turned into a murder investigation.

Thursday deputies issued a warrant for Kelsey Marie Legg of Marmet for the murder of 29-year-old Kareem Hunter.

Hunter had been missing since September 23, 2013.

"I'm hurt, I'm sick,” Hunter’s mother Linda Hunter told WSAZ.com Thursday night.

Investigators say on September 23, Legg, 19, lured Hunter to her apartment in Marmet. A witness told deputies he heard signs of a struggle that night inside Legg's apartment and then saw two men put Hunter's body inside the trunk of a car.

“I can't imagine why anyone would want to hurt him,” Linda said.

Deputies have not released a motive but tell WSAZ.com they have theories they are now trying to confirm.

Charleston Police say Legg was the last person Hunter was seen with on the night he went missing. They were seen leaving a drug store on Washington Street West.

Legg is now missing and deputies have not yet located Hunter’s body.

Linda says the only thing worse than her son’s murder is not being able to properly bury him.

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UPDATE 10/3/13 @ 10:20 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A warrant has been issued charging a 19-year-old woman from Marmet with murder.

Detectives from Charleston Police and the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department have issued this warrant after searching Kelsey Legg's apartment.

She is accused of luring Kareem Hunter, 29, to her apartment on 83rd Street in Marmet on September 23, 2013. Hunter has been missing since then.

Investigators say they believe Hunter was killed in Legg's apartment.

On October 2, 2013, Kanawha County Sheriff's Office Detectives interviewed Kelsey's brother, Matthew Legg.

He told detectives that on September 23, 2013, his sister told him she brought Hunter to her apartment to have him kidnap.

He said he heard a fight happen inside Kelsey's apartment. Then says he saw two men remove a body from the apartment and place it in a car trunk.

He told police that body was Kareem Hunter.

Police say a search of Kelsey Legg's apartment revealed evidence of a violent crime. Large suspected bloodstains were found in various locations. Suspected blood spatter stains were also discovered on the ceiling.

Police statements from witnesses show that the apartment was cleaned, walls were painted and the carpet was replaced after the incident on September 23.

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UPDATE 10/2/13 @ 10:20 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The case of a man missing since late September may be related to a call Metro 911 dispatchers handled the night he disappeared.

Kareem Hunter was last seen Sept. 23 in Charleston. Police executed a search warrant at an apartment along 83rd Street in Marmet, W.Va.

Detectives say the night Hunter went missing, a 911 call was made about a disturbance in the area.

They are still trying to figure out if the disturbance and Hunter's disappearance are related.



UPDATE 9/29/13 @ 9 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The family of a missing Charleston man is asking for the public's help in finding him.

Police say Kareem Hunter, 29, was last seen Monday night on surveillance at a Rite Aid on Washington Street West in Charleston.

Hunter's family has been passing out flyers and searching for him on foot since his disappearance.

"We yelled his name in the woods, we walked through creeks, we've done it all, everything we could. This seems like a nightmare to me," Ashley Pittman said.

Pittman and Hunter have a one-year-old son.

Police tell WSAZ.com Hunter's phone has not been active since Monday , which they find suspicious, but have not determined foul play was involved.

Pittman says Hunter is a great father and would never leave home without frequently checking in with their son.

"That's the best dad I could put in front of him," Pittman said. "I don't think I could ask for a better dad and I don't want to."



ORIGINAL STORY 9/29/13 @ 2:42 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charleston Police are looking for a man who's been missing for nearly a week.

Police say Kareem Hunter was last seen Monday night on surveillance video at Rite Aid on the corner of Rebecca Street and Washington Street West.

Hunter is 29-years-old. His family told police he checks in with them daily, and they haven't heard from him since Monday.

If you have any information about Hunter's whereabouts, call Charleston Police at (304) 348-6480.


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