UPDATE: Investigators Looking for Pickup Truck in Case of Missing Woman

By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 3/23/14 @ 9:15 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Logan County Sheriff’s Department is looking for a red 1980s model Chevrolet truck in the search for a Logan County woman who's been missing since early February.

Wanda Fay Branham, 68, of Justice Addition, was last seen by family Feb. 7. Investigators say her family reported her missing on Feb.15.

Sheriff's deputies describe the truck as a two wheel drive, solid red short bed model with a red and silver tailgate, as well as with a sliding back glass window.

Click on the photos in the gallery above to see that model.

An eyewitness reported possibly seeing Branham in this type of truck around the time she would have went missing.

The witness told deputies it appeared to be Branham sitting in the middle between two unknown men. The witness described the truck as sounding "very loud."

Anyone who may have any information related to this truck or the men occupying this truck is asked to call the Logan County Sheriff’s Department at (304) 792-8590.



UPDATE 2/17/14 @ 5:50 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Deputies are searching for a woman who has been missing for more than a week from the Justice Addition area of Logan County.

Investigators from the Logan County Sheriff’s Department and the L.E.A.S.A. Search and Rescue Team combed the river Monday but told WSAZ.com they did not find anything that pointed them toward Wanda Fay Branham, 68.

Branham was last seen by family Feb. 7 and, according to family members and investigators, was intoxicated at the time. Investigators say her family reported she was missing on Feb.15.

Branham is described as being 5 feet, 3 inches tall and 145 pounds, with reddish-brown curly hair and blue eyes.

Neighbors and family members said she has been on pills, and that she lived alone in her house. One neighbor said Branham would occasionally leave for a couple of days at a time, but not this long.

“She was a good little neighbor, you know, she always sat on her porch and would always talk to us when we were out here,” Michelle Gore, a neighbor, said. “She had some friends that she would hang out with and stuff. But not very many. […] She was really reserved and to herself.”

Investigators say she did not have a car.

“Where she is an elderly woman, you don't know what could have […] happened, cause we live by the riverside and stuff and it's just really scary,” Gore said, adding that she was concerned someone might have picked up Branham.

Investigators told WSAZ.com they planned to speak with anyone she may have associated with to see if they knew what had happened.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Logan County Sheriff’s Department or Logan County’s emergency dispatch.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.



ORIGINAL STORY 2/17/14 @ 12:00 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Members of the LEASA Search and Rescue Team are assisting the Logan County Sheriff’s Office in trying to find a missing woman.

The Sheriff’s Office says Wanda Branham, 68, was last seen in the Justice Addition area of Logan County on February 8.

Family members did not report her missing until February 15. They also told deputies she had been missing since the evening of February 7.

Branham is 5’3’’, 145 pounds with reddish brown curly hair.

Anyone with information on her location is asked to call the Sheriff’s office at 304-792-8590 or Dispatch at 304-752-7662.


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