UPDATE: Series of Shocking Deaths Leaves Community Shaken

By: Brooks Jarosz; Cathleen Moxley; Jeremy Edwards Email
By: Brooks Jarosz; Cathleen Moxley; Jeremy Edwards Email

UPDATE 2/20/12 @ 6:45 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Four families have been torn apart after a triple murder at a home in Logan County. A person of interest has also died in the hospital.

Sheriff's deputies say Clarence Edward Bell, 41, Michelle Bell, 35, and Paul Jarrell, 51, all of Chapmanville, W.Va., were found dead at a home along Huckleberry Road in Logan County. Their bodies were taken to the Medical Examiner's Office for autopsies.

Family members one by one rushed to that home surrounded by yellow tape and police cars.

Relatives revisited the good times Monday, while they try to understand the tragedy. It was a discovery and a scene that was almost too hard to handle.

"When I saw their truck, I went all to pieces," Michelle Bell's mother, Mary Workman said. "You see it on TV everyday but you don't expect it to happen to you, not your child anyway."

Michelle Bell's parents, Mike and Mary Workman, are trying to hold on knowing their daughter and son-in-law were caught up in what they say was the wrong place at the wrong time. The Workmans say the couple was visiting their friend, Paul Jarrell, who owned the home.

"I was so afraid with what I knew went on there," Mary Workman said. "I knew something was going to happen because he flashed money all the time."

Signs they say points to drugs and trouble, however, police say they're still working on a motive. Several lives were cut short, but has left others now torn apart.

"She was such a good kid, she'll be so missed," Mary Workman said. "She always told me though, 'Mama I hope I go before you because I could never make it without you.' I said, 'Please, Michelle, don't ever say that, don't ever say that.' You don't ever want to lose a child before you go; they're my life."

The investigation is far from over, and the Workmans say they want justice. Another tough part for them is knowing that an old family friend was somehow involved.

Investigators have linked a car crash that happened at Big Creek about 5:25 a.m. Sunday to the murder investigation. Chief Deputy Porter says Trevor Tomblin, 34, of Chapmanville, was driving a truck that was registered to one of the shooting victims.

Trevor Tomblin will never have the opportunity to tell his side of the story. He died in the hospital Sunday evening.

Those who grew up with Tomblin were shocked to hear that there's a connection between him and these murders.

"He had a great sense of humor," former classmate Geoffrey Saunders said. "He was one of those that could crack a joke at the drop of a hat. We played football about every weekend."

Tomblin crashed a truck about a mile from the crime scene. The truck he was driving was registered to one of the victims.

Police found a handgun, a large amount of cash and prescription drugs inside the truck.

This also came as a shock to Michelle Bell's parents.

"I just couldn't believe that Trevor had anything to do with this, but they found the gun, money and drugs in his truck so that told the story right there," Mary Workman said.

Police aren't saying that Trevor is the killer and even told family members that others are being questioned.

"In my heart I think there were more than just Trevor," Mike Workman said.

"The Trevor that I knew was quiet, he was down to earth and was just kind of a fun-loving guy," Saunders said.

Porter says the investigation is ongoing due to the enormous amount of evidence and information that officers have been receiving from other locations.

If you have any information about this case, you're urged to call the Logan County Sheriff's Department at 304-792-8590 or 304-752-8817.



UPDATE 2/20/12 @ 1:45 p.m.
CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Logan County Sheriff's Department has released the names of the three victims of a triple murder in Chapmanville.

According to a news release, Clarence Edward Bell, 41, of Chapmanville, Michelle Bell, 35, of Chapmanville, and Paul Jarrell, 51, of Chapmanville were found dead at a home along Huckleberry Road in Logan County. Their bodies were taken to the Medical Examiner's Office for autopsies.

Investigators have linked a car crash that happened at Big Creek about 5:25 Sunday morning to the murder investigation. Chief Deputy Porter says Trevor Tomblin, 34, of Chapmanville, was driving a truck that was registered to one of the shooting victims.

Investigators say when Tomblin was pulled from the crash scene, a handgun was found on him as well as a large amount of cash and prescription medication. Deputies also found additional handguns and evidence from the crash scene.

Tomblin was taken to Logan Medical Center for treatment, and was later transferred to CAMC General where he died Sunday evening.

Investigators are calling Tomblin a person of interest in the homicide investigation.

According to a news release, the investigation is ongoing to the enormous amount of evidence and information that officers have been receiving from other locations.

If you have any information about this case, you're urged to call the Logan County Sheriff's Department at 304-792-8590 or 304-752-8817.



UPDATE 2/19/12 @ 8:15 p.m.
CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Logan County Chief Deputy Sonya Dingess Porter has released new details in a triple murder investigation.

Investigators have linked a car crash that happened at Big Creek about 5:25 Sunday morning to the murder investigation. Chief Deputy Porter says Trevor Tomblin, 34, of Chapmanville, was driving a truck that was registered to one of the shooting victims.

Investigators say when Tomblin was pulled from the crash scene, a handgun was found on him as well as a large amount of cash and prescription medication. Deputies also found additional handguns and evidence from the crash scene.

Tomblin was taken to Logan Medical Center for treatment, and was later transferred to CAMC General where he died Sunday evening. Investigators are calling Tomblin a person of interest in the homicide investigation.

UPDATE 2/19/12 @ 7:10 p.m.
CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It was a gruesome discovery as two men and a woman were found murdered inside a home early Sunday morning.

Chief Deputy Sonya Porter tells WSAZ.com they have a person of interest but are still continuing to follow up on leads and process the crime scene.

"We believe a gun was involved," Chief Deputy Sonya Porter said. "We're checking all of the injuries at this time."

Porter says when deputies arrived on scene they found three victims dead.

Brenda Jarrell says it was her brother who lived in the home. She says she always worried about Paul Jarrell, one of the victims.

"He was my brother, I loved him," Brenda Jarrell said. "He was the only family I had left."

Now Brenda is overcome with shock and pain, knowing he's gone.

"I just had a bad feeling something was going to happen," Jarrell said. "I don't know why anybody would have wanted to hurt him."

Family of the other two victims also showed up overwhelmed, frantic and distraught.

"To see what I have this morning, I'm in pretty much shock right now," Paul Jarell's nephew Wesley Dingess said. "They didn't deserve to be brutally murdered the way they were."

Deputies believe the victims may have been shot. They were found about 9:30 a.m. at a home along Huckleberry Road near Chapmanville.

Deputies say this is a murder investigation. They have a person of interest and know where the person is, but are remaining tight lipped for now.

"They're recovering items from the scene itself due to the nature of the incident," Porter said. "So therefore any evidence at all related to past investigations, current investigations and of course the scene itself."

It's those items they hope will crack the case wide open to explain why a homeowner and his two friends are now victims of a triple murder.

"They would do anything for anybody," Jarrell's nephew Wesley Dingess said. "Free-hearted, easy going, none of them bothered anybody you know."

Investigators say they do not have a motive for the killings yet.

About a mile away from the crime scene investigators were gathering evidence along the side of the road, but it's still unclear what they were looking for or what they found.

The family of one of the victims says they think someone tried to force their way inside the home to rob them.

Police are not releasing the victims' names out of respect since not all of the family members have been notified.

No other information about the person of interest is being released right now.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updates on this developing story.



ORIGINAL STORY 2/19/12 @ 12:30 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Three people were found dead Sunday morning at a home in Logan.

The home is located on Huckleberry Road, near Chapmanville.

Logan County Sheriff Deputies say the bodies of two men and a woman were discovered about 9:30 a.m.

Deputies say this is a murder investigation. They believe a gun was used in the crime, but they are not releasing how each person died.

Deputies say they do have a person of interest in the case and they are following up on leads to catch up with that person, so they can talk with them.

Investigators are currently processing the scene and collecting evidence.

The names of the victims are not being released until all of their family members have been notified.

Deputies say they do not have a motive for the killings yet.

We have a crew on the scene. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updates.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WSAZ NewsChannel 3 645 Fifth Avenue Huntington, WV 25701 304-697-4780 WSAZ Charleston 111 Columbia Avenue Charleston, WV 25302 304-344-3521
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 139635023 - wsaz.com/a?a=139635023
Gray Television, Inc.