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UPDATE: One Year Later; More Evidence Needed in Bob Snow Murder

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By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 5/23/13 @ 5:15 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A year after a mysterious murder, a family is still seeking closure.

Thursday marks one year since Robert “Bob” Snow went missing. His body was found days later in the Elk River.

After an entire year of hitting one dead end after another, detectives say there’s not enough evidence to make an arrest.

“It’s very frustrating,” Lieutenant Steve Cooper said. “You beat your head up against the wall trying to come up with new details. That's one of the reasons we're asking on this anniversary if there's information that someone has -- that they may not even know is important -- we would like to add that (to the investigation)."

Snow was last seen at the Go Mart on Bigley Avenue in Charleston.

Snow was the regional manager for 7-Eleven and was on his way to a job interview within the company.

Police say he never showed up for the meeting, and a few days later his body was found in the Elk River -- bound by duct tape.

Detectives can't release the exact cause of death, but say they have spent the past year following leads.

Snow's family says they're just as baffled as police.

"I don't know anybody, ever, that has had a grudge against him or didn't like him,” Annette Snow, Snow’s ex-wife, said. “We want answers, we want closure -- we want his killer caught."

Snow would have turned 56 years old last week.

He has two grown sons and a couple of grandchildren.

“It makes it really hard knowing that somebody took their granddad away,” Annette said.

The company Snow worked for is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone with details that lead to an arrest.

To qualify for the reward, contact the Charleston Police Department Criminal Investigative Division at (304) 348-6480.

You can also write a letter. Address it as “Attention Detective Sharp” and send to 501 Virginia Street East Charleston, WV 25301.



UPDATE 5/23/13 @ 2 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Charleston Police Department is trying a new approach to get information about the murder of Robert "Bob" Snow.

Snow, 55, of Charleston, was reported missing on May 23. Snow's body was found in the Elk River over the Memorial Day weekend last year and police say his hands and feet were bound together.

According to a news release, Det. C. Sharp with the Charleston Police Department has released his mailing address in hopes that someone will send an anonymous letter with new information for the investigation.

Det. Sharp says that even if someone wants to restate a fact they they assume was given to the police, please send a letter. Sharp hopes that if someone has information and doesn't feel safe talking about it, maybe they will write about it anonymously.

The letter must say "Attention Detective Sharp" on the envelope and be sent to the following address:
"Attention Detective Sharp"
501 Virginia Street East
Charleston, WV 25301

Investigators teamed up with "Crime Stoppers" last year in hopes of gaining information into Snow's murder.

Snow was a District Manager for Prima Marketing. Company officials are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 6/11/12 @ 9:15 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charleston Police are now working with "Crime Stoppers" in connection with the investigation into the murder of Bob Snow.

Snow was found in the Elk River over the Memorial Day weekend and police say his hands and feet were bound together.

There have been few leads as to why or who killed him.

Crime Stoppers is an organization that provides support to help stop crime.

They have a 24-hour tip line, so the public can leave anonymous tips without fear of retaliation.

The tip number is 1-304-255-STOP. You can also call Charleston Police if you have any information in connection with Snow's murder.

Snow was a District Manager for Prima Marketing. Company officials are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.



UPDATE 6/11/12 @ 4:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Family, friends and co-workers of a man who was killed and left in the Elk River, said their final goodbyes Monday.

The funeral for Bob Snow was held Monday afternoon in Charleston.

Snow's body was found in the Elk River over Memorial Day weekend.

His hands and feet had been bound together.

There have been few leads as to why or who killed him.

Snow was a District Manager for 7-11 and his boss made the trip all the way from Denver, to pay his final respects.

"He was just a very good guy. Very friendly, usually with a smile,” said 7-11 CEO Jeffrey Kramer. “He was good to work with and a good person to get to know. So anxious to bring things further to a head, but it was great to be a part of honoring him today.”

7-11 and Prima Marketing are offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest in the case.

If you have any information you are asked to call the Charleston Police Department.



UPDATE 6/10/12 @ 12:38 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man murdered and found in the Elk River will be laid to rest Monday.

A memorial service is planned for Robert Snow at 1 p.m. at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home.

Snow serves as the executive director of 7-11 stores in the Kanawha Valley.

Charleston Police still have no idea who killed Snow or why.

Prima Marketing LLC and 7-Eleven, Inc. are offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who provides information resulting in apprehension, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Robert "Bob" Snow's death.



UPDATE 6/7/12 @ 2:40 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A reward is now being offered to help solve a Charleston murder investigation.

Prima Marketing LLC and 7-Eleven, Inc. are offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who provides information resulting in the apprehension, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Robert "Bob" Snow's death, according to a news release.

Snow, 55, of Charleston, was reported missing on May 23. His body surfaced in the Elk River on May 26.

Snow was a district manager for 7-Eleven.

Prima Marketing is a licensee of 7-Eleven, Inc. and operates 87 7-Eleven stores in West Virginia and parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky.

Prima Marketing is posting signs advertising the reward in their stores and in and around the Charleston area.

If you have any information, you're urged to call the Charleston Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 304-348-6480.



UPDATE 6/5/12 @ 4 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman in surveillance video released by Charleston Police came forward Tuesday. She called police just hours after investigators released the footage.

Police released the video Tuesday morning asking for the public's help to identify the woman and man shown. Detectives say they wanted to talk to them about the disappearance and murder of Robert "Bob" Snow. The two people police were looking to identify aren't suspects, but police were hoping that they may have seen something while in the store.

"We've collected numerous videos from tracking Mr. Snow where ever he was by his cell phone," said Sgt. Bobby Eggleton with the Charleston Police Department. "Anybody that was in an area that Robert Snow was in, that is unexplained time. We have a time frame of an hour that we don't know where he was. We can track his cell phone so we knew he went up to Elkview to Clendenin. But anybody that has seen him may have seen someone with him."

The body of Snow, 55, of Charleston, surfaced in the Kanawha River on May 26 -- just days after he was reporting missing.

After seeing her picture Tuesday, the woman in the video released by police called the department to identify herself.

Investigators say the two people in the video are not suspects or persons of interests in the case, but they're hoping they may help them in the investigation.

"Usually somebody has an enemy. Somebody has somebody in their background that doesn't want the best for them and Bob, we don't know that," Eggleton said.



UPDATE 6/5/12 @ 10:15 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charleston Police are asking for the public's help to identify two individuals as they continue to investigate an ongoing homicide.

Police have not released why they want to talk with this man and woman, but according to a release detectives want to talk to them in connection to Robert "Bob" Snow's homicide. The body of Snow, 55, of Charleston surfaced in the river May 26, just days after he was reporting missing.

The man and woman are seen on surveillance video at the Go-Mart in Elkview on May 23.

According to a news release, the video shows a middle-aged female and an older male entered the Go-Mart lot at 6:09 p.m. in a tan, compact SUV which had a roof rack and is believed to be a Mazda. The female was the driver and the man was the passenger.

As the couple entered the store it appears the man was wearing a hospital band on his left wrist and blue flannel pajamas, according to the release.

Police say man and woman went to the bathrooms then left the store without buying anything and drove away.

If you have any information that could help police identify these individuals, please call Detective Sharp with the Criminal Investigation Division at 304-348-6480.



UPDATE 5/27/2012 @10:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police said they're stumped on the case of a missing man's body found in the Elk River and need public help to solve the crime.

The body of 55-year-old Bob Snow surfaced in the river Saturday morning. Police said there was duct-tape on the body when a group of boaters spotted it.

"We're all sitting there scratching our heads saying, 'why would somebody want to kill Bob?" Sgt. Bobby Eggleton with Charleston Police said.

Snow had been missing since Wednesday night. His car and cell phone were found the next day off of Westmoreland Road.

Police said they have been busy checking into Snow's background and activities but haven't found anything suspicious.

"From everything we know right now, Bob Snow was a pretty good guy," Sgt. Eggleton said. "We haven't found anybody to tell us he was a bad guy. Which makes it difficult for us."

They said Snow spent 24 years in the Air Force and has two sons that live in Arizona. Snow stayed with his girlfriend in Charleston, and neighbors told WSAZ.com that he lived quietly.

Police said they normally discover leads on homicides within 24 hours but remained stumped on this case, the first slaying of 2012.

"When a guy dies that everybody loves, it's pretty hard to solve that one," Sgt. Eggleton said.

If you knew Snow or may have any information at all, police are counting on your help. They are especially interested in talking to people who live off of Westmoreland Road and may have home surveillance cameras.



UPDATE 5/26/2012 @10:25 p.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A body found in the Elk River Saturday morning has been identified as Bob Snow, a Charleston man who went missing Wednesday night.

Police said they found signs of foul play on Snow's body and are now treating this case as the first homicide of the year.

A group of boaters near the Slack Street boat ramp noticed the body around 11 a.m. and notified police right away, confirming investigators' worst suspicions.

"We thought something was wrong when Bob went missing," Sgt. Bobby Eggleton with Charleston Police said. "So we started looking at it as a suspicious missing person."

Investigators had been searching the river since Snow's car was found abandoned near the water Thursday on a dead-end off of Westmoreland Road. His cell phone was inside, but Snow was nowhere in sight.

"We had a feeling that today would be the day we'd find him if he was in the river due to the holiday boat traffic," Sgt. Eggleton said. "We don't want the general public to find that, and that's why we spent so much time by the river."

Boaters like Wanda Pittman were out enjoying the hot afternoon and got the surprise of a lifetime when Snow's body turned up.

"I figured it was the guy they were talking about on the news...the missing man," she said. "I don't like all this tragedy."

Investigators let the body float into the Kanawha River and then brought it to shore by boat at Daniel Boone Park. Those who witnessed it are still recovering from the shock.

"I just don't like all this violence going on," Pittman said. "It's everywhere."

Police would not describe what they saw on Snow's body that led them to believe it was a homicide.

Snow was 55-years-old and worked for Prima as a district manager for 7-Eleven stores.



UPDATE 5/26/2012 @ 3:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charleston Police say a body found Saturday morning in the Elk River is Bob Snow. Snow had been missing for several days now.

Officers say Snow's body was found floating in the Elk River near the Slack Street boat ramp sometime after 11 a.m. Saturday.

Charleston police say they are now treating this as a homicide after signs of foul play were found on Snow's body. Officers wouldn't say what was found on the victim's body.

Officers say this is Charleston's first homicide of the year.



UPDATE @ 11:11 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police are searching for a missing Charleston man after finding his abandoned vehicle Thursday.

Bob Snow, 55, lives with his girlfriend on Woodrums Lane and went missing Wednesday night. Family members say he was last seen about 5:30 p.m. at the Go-Mart on Bigley Avenue near Westmoreland Road.

Family says Snow, a Prima employee and district manager for 7-Eleven stores, was on his way to a work appointment at the 7-Eleven in Kanawha City. But he never made it to the 6 p.m. meeting, and has not been heard from since then.

“We’ve determined this to be somewhat suspicious because his family says it’s uncharacteristic for him to be missing this long,” said Sgt. Bobby Eggleton with Charleston Police.

Police found Snow’s Mazda parked in a dead-end off of Westmoreland Road Thursday. His cell phone was inside, but Snow was nowhere in sight.

“Most people don’t go without their car or their cell phone,” said Sgt. Eggleton. “That was uncharacteristic of him. He missed an appointment for work, which was also uncharacteristic. So this [case] really lit us up a little bit.”

Police say there were no signs of foul play in the car or its surrounding area. They say it did not appear to be a crime scene.

Police are hoping, along with Snow’s family, that the public can help them crack this case. If you think you’ve seen Snow or have any information, you should call Charleston police immediately.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY 4/24/2012
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charleston Police have found a vehicle they believe belongs to a missing person.

Investigators tell WSAZ.com Robert Snow's SUV was found about 11 a.m. Thursday along Westmoreland Drive in Charleston.

Detectives say there is no suspicious activity found around the car, but family and friends are concerned about his whereabouts.

If you have any information about where Snow may be, you're urged to call police.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for more information.


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