Man Finds Aunt Dead and Steals From Her

SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Woodbine Farm Road is usually a quiet drive in Scott Depot. It's a path only traveled by the few that live here; until recently.

"I've seen several cars and vans going up late at night," said neighbor Mary Mundy.

Mundy says didn't stay very long.

"Come back down the road speeding," said Mundy.

At the end of the drive lived Cheryl Steele, a widow who passed away about two weeks ago.

However, Putnam County Sheriff's deputies say several pieces of her property have disappeared since then.

They say 22-year-old Christopher Sayre, Steele's nephew took numerous items including a Segway, two guns, and fine jewelry.

Sayre told deputies he walked in and found his great aunt on the floor on May 10th, but didn't report it for fear he would be held responsible.

Deputies discovered her on May 14th, and say Sayre let her sit and decompose while he pawned the stolen merchandise at area stores.

Sayre was busted after relatives relayed Sayre's strange behavior.

Now he's behind bars, while neighbors remain stunned.

"I'm scared," said Mundy. "I keep my doors locked now and make sure I know who's coming up my driveway."

Sayre is not being charged with Steele's death. He is, however, facing burglary and grand larceny charges.

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