UPDATE: Murder Suspect Arrested in Mingo County

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 2/13/13 @ 10:30 a.m.
PINEVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man wanted in connection with a murder in Wyoming County was caught and arrested in Mingo County early Wednesday morning.

The Sheriff’s Office says John New, 20, of Brier Creek, was arrested in the Gilbert area.

New is being charged with first-degree murder, grand larceny and daytime robbery.

Elaine Birchfield, 60, of Mill Creek, was found dead in her home Tuesday night.

Investigators say New was inside Birchfield’s house when she came home Tuesday evening and interrupted a robbery. They say New killed Birchfield and then fled in her truck.

Gilbert Police officers saw the truck early Wednesday morning, stopped it and arrested New.

A cause of death has not been released.

Birchfield was a bus driver for Wyoming County Schools.



ORIGINAL STORY 2/13/13 @ 8:49 a.m. .
PINEVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The suspect in a possible murder in Wyoming County has been arrested in the Gilbert area of Mingo County.

The Wyoming County Sheriff's Office tells WVVA the person was arrested about 1 a.m. Wednesday and taken to the Southwest Regional Jail.

The Sheriff’s Office says a person was found dead inside a residence on Mill Creek Road in the Brenton area.

Following the discovery, investigators said they were looking for a silver 1999 GMC Sierra K1500 that was missing from the residence.

The truck has a front plate with a picture of a horse and the word 'Magic.' The rear mud flaps say 'Cowgirl Up.'

The Sheriff’s Office has not released the name of the person taken into custody.

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