COLD CASE: Two Women Murdered; One Man Vanished in Mason County

MASON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Several Mason County families are holding out hope someone will be held accountable, three years after two women were murdered and one of their husbands vanished.

This happened in 2011.

Police eventually found the two women's bodies. They also found evidence that led them to believe the husband who disappeared was a suspect.

As of now, that murder mystery is still unsolved.

"I think Jeffrey's out there, but I think Jeffrey's dead," said Kim Roach, a family member of Jeff Crawford.

Three years after Jeff Crawford disappeared and his wife, Ashley and her cousin, Tonda, were found dead, Kim Roach is still waiting for closure.

"After three years and still no answers, none, not even a clue as to what happened; I'm sure it's tough for the girl's parents," Roach said.

The three went missing in June 2011 in Mason County.

The trailer the Crawfords lived in was set on fire, suspected to be arson.

Just a few weeks later, after extensive searching, the bodies of Ashley Crawford and Tonda Nelson were found in a shallow grave off Duncan Creek Road.

Investigators said they died from blows to the head.

"I don't think it's any closer to being solved, three years later than it was two weeks after it happened," said Kim Roach.

West Virginia State Police said an eyewitness put Jeff Crawford at the scene taking part in the crime -- not as a victim.

They've been searching for him ever since.

West Virginia State Police said they believe Crawford is still alive.

They said they believe he's living under the radar, somewhere in another state.

But family members don't buy it.

"We just don't think he's capable of doing something like this, and we feel like he's met with the same fate that the girls have," Roach said.

State Police said tips and leads have slowed down to a near halt, but they're still investigating the case.

"Generally we know who did it, get them arrested pretty quickly, and it's not often that they drag out like this," West Virginia State Police Sgt. T.S. Mills said.

For now, the family is frustrated, waiting for his body to come home.

"They will find his remains one day, I do believe it," Roach said.

State Police said it's unusual to have this kind of case.

They said Jeff Crawford is listed in the National Crime Information Center as a wanted person and as a missing person.

Shela Crawford, Jeff's mother, said she doesn't believe he played a part in the crimes. She said she just wishes this was all over.

Family members also said they're still offering a reward for tips that lead them to Jeff.

If you have any information on this case, you are asked to call West Virginia State Police.


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