UPDATE: Missing Man Case Cracked Open Two Years Later

By: Brooks Jarosz, Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: Brooks Jarosz, Jennifer Rizzi Email

UPDATE 12/08/2012 @ 10:30 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two years after Samuel "Dickie" Riser went missing from his Glasgow home, his family is still searching for answers -- and police say they may have them soon.

Detectives tell WSAZ.com they've named three persons of interest in the case and hope to make arrests, which is the only thing family members say can give them closure.

"We just want justice for him," daughter Michele White said. "They hurt my whole family....my kids and my brothers and sisters. [Dickie] had a granddaughter that he never even got to see and it's not fair."

Riser's sister, Linda Barnette, agreed. "I just can't get past what my brother must have been thinking as he was being killed," she said. "To think those people are still walking around like nothing ever happened...they took my brother."

Saturday marked the anniversary when Riser went missing from his house on the 300 block of Third Avenue. Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies found signs of foul play in a crime scene that still haunts Michele's memory.

"We could tell it wasn't a robbery...everything was still there," she said. "There was blood left so we knew something bad had happened, but we didn't know if they would ever find the people who did it."

Next week, the family plans to put up a billboard near Cabin Creek calling for help in cracking the case so deputies can speed up the process.

"We just wish somebody would have a heart and come forward," Michele said.

Detectives didn't want to identify the persons of interest right now, but say they're still looking for help from the public.

If you know anything about this case, you're asked to call the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.

UPDATE: Sunday, 12/18/2011 @ 6:40 p.m.
GLASGOW, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A family is searching for answers more than a year after their loved one went missing.

Sam "Dickie" Riser, 61, was last seen December 7, 2010.

He's just over six feet tall and weighs around 200 pounds. He has grey hair and blue eyes and he also wears glasses.

Riser lived in Glasgow in the 300 block of Third Avenue and worked as a coal miner.

It was several days before he was reported missing when he never showed up to work.

Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies do suspect foul play but so far there have been no leads to help crack the case.

Riser's kids are still very troubled by all of this since there are so many questions and not many answers.

They live with their mother in Indiana and she says it's the worst thing she could ever see her kids going through.

Living without a father has them offering a desperate plea to anyone with information to come forward.

"We're all waiting for him to come home," his daughter April Riser said. "He would do anything for anybody and I don't understand why anybody would want to hurt him because he was a great man."

Early December marks one year since Sam "Dickie" Riser vanished without a trace from his Glasgow home.

"We did everything together," April Riser said. "I told him everything, he told me everything and I mean he was my best friend."

That best friend suddenly disappeared leaving his kids hurting, hoping and searching for answers.

His daughter described to WSAZ.com how her father wanted nothing more than to see her graduate from military school.

"I felt like I was doing that for him," April Riser said. "He was the person I wanted to see the most and he wasn't there."

For Riser's son, they had lost touch and just started a new relationship with a bond that was suddenly broken.

"I called his phone for about a month straight after I found out," his son Todd Riser said. "Everyday just so I could hear his voice on the voicemail."

Deputies say inside his abandoned home was dishevled furniture along with what appeared to be blood spots on the floor.

"I think someone hired someone to do it...to kill my father," Todd Riser said.

The family is helplessly numb, knowing the case is still unsolved.

"All I want to do is just hug my dad one last time," April Riser said. "And I know I can't do that."

April Riser made a tribute video with pictures of her dad through the years. She posts regularly on Facebook and other sites hoping someone that knows something will come forward.

If you know anything that can help detectives solve the case, call the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department at 304-949-2185.



ORIGINAL STORY 12/2010
GLASGOW, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department has issued a report of a missing man.

Samuel Richard Riser was last seen near his Glasgow home on the 300 block of Third Avenue Tuesday December 7.

Family and neighbors told the Sheriff's Department it is out of character for him to be out of contact for so long.

Samuel Riser is 60 years old. He weighs about 205 pounds, is 6'1'', and has gray hair.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office asks anyone with information to give them a call.


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