Woman Missing Since 2006; Possible Connection to Another Case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One family is taking solace, knowing the man suspected of viciously beating Leann Quinn has been given a life sentence.

Joey Jeffery was found guilty of kidnapping, malicious wounding, robbery and assault in February.

"His only intent was to torture the victim," said Kanawha County assistant prosecutor, Tera Salango. "Now that Mr. Jeffrey is going to be incarcerated, probably for the rest of his life, I hope that if there's anyone out there with information, they're no longer afraid of him."

Before being sentenced, Jeffery told Judge Tod Kaufman "I am sorry for the things that I've done. But I did not do the things I've been accused of."

Now, prosecutors are looking into whether there's any connection in this case to the disappearance of Melanie Metheny, who went missing in 2006 after dropping her kids off at a daycare in Belle, W.Va.

Metheny's grandmother thinks there needs to be a more public investigation into that possibility.

"I want someone who's going to do something about this case instead of running around in circles," Sandra Metheny said. "I want justice for Melanie."

As noted, it will be eight years this July when the mother of three disappeared after dropping her children off at a daycare center in Belle.

Sandra Metheny's paying close attention to Jeffery's case.

Cindy Creathers testified last year that Jeffery told Quinn he was going to "put her in the same hole as he put Melanie Metheny in."

Sandra Metheny said, "She said it right there in court. We just want closure. It's been eight years, and someone knows something."

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