UPDATE: Neighbor Says Homicide Victim Was Friendly

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

UPDATE: 1/5/14 @ 12:25 a.m.
KANAWHA CITY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Betty Jarvis walks the streets of Kanawha City on a regular basis.

However, Saturday she stumbled on something startling, police tape around her friend's home.

"Any time you walked down this alley and he was out here he would chat with you," remember Jarvis. "He was so friendly."

Late Friday night, George Molle Jr., 90, was found dead inside this home along Maccorkle avenue after a neighbor called police.

Initially, police thought he passed from a medical condition, but further examination turned this into a homicide investigation.

"It's a highly populated area, very uncommon for there to be this type of crime there," said Lieutenant Steve Cooper, a Charleston Police Detective.

Police remain tight-lipped about a motive and a cause of death hoping to keep the evidence's value intact.

"Right now there's only information that the police and suspect know and we have to keep it that way," said Lieutenant Cooper.

As a community waits for answers, those who live in it remain shaken.

"If they would harm some gentle old man like that," said Jarvis, "who's to say I'm safe?"

UPDATE: 1/4/14 @ 6:30 p.m.
KANAWHA CITY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police have released the name of the man killed in Kanawha City.

Charleston Police say George Molle Jr., 90, is the victim of a homicide that remains under investigation.

It happened at Molle's home in the 4900 block of MacCorkle Avenue.

Police tell WSAZ that Molle was found late Friday night. A neighbor called police.

His death was originally suspected to be medically related, however, police found other information that lead them to believe it was a homicide.

No motive or cause of death is being released, but detectives do say the case is "mysterious."

"The integrity of the information that we have has to be kept intact otherwise it loses it's value," said Lieutenant Steve Cooper with the Charleston Police Department. "Right now there's only information that the police and suspect know and we have to keep it that way."

Anyone with information on homicide is asked to call tip line at 304-348-6480.

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Kanawha County, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police in Charleston are on the scene of what they are calling a homicide in Kanawha City.

It happened in the 4900 block of MacCorkle Avenue Saturday.

Police say there is a male victim.

We have a crew headed to the scene.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.

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