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UPDATE: Brothers Indicted in Connection with Murder

By: Alyssa Salyers, Brooks Jarosz, WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Alyssa Salyers, Brooks Jarosz, WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 2/20/13 @ 7:20 p.m.
MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two brothers have been indicted in connection with a murder in Mingo County.

Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks tells WSAZ.com that Donald Kevin Medley, 45, was indicted on murder, concealment of a deceased human being and conspiracy.

His brother, Gregory Allen Medley, 46, was indicted on concealment of a deceased human being and conspiracy.

Those indictments came down early Wednesday evening.

The charges stem back to January when Evelyn Farnum's SUV and body were found in a lake in the Laurel Creek area of Mingo County.

The 55-year-old woman had been reported missing Dec. 30 by Donald Medley. After receiving a tip from a witness, her SUV and body were found in a lake nearby her home a week later.

Investigators say Donald Medley was the one who reported Farnum missing. The two were dating. Investigators also say they were third cousins.

"They had gotten into a fight, he became angered with her -- supposedly grabbed her, choked her to death and struck her in the face," West Virginia State Police Trooper J.J. Dean said.

West Virginia State Police reported that Donald Medley admitted to the crime after his arrest.

Investigators say Medley then called his brother, Gregory, for help. They say the two men pushed the SUV into the lake.

Both men have been in jail since January.

According to Southwestern Regional Jail website, no bond has been set for Donald Medley. A $200,000 bond has been set for his brother Gregory.

Both men are expected to be arraigned Tuesday.

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UPDATE 1/16/13
MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A grand jury will now decide the case of two men charged for their roles in the murder of Mingo County woman.

Evelyn Farnum, 55, of Laurel Creek, went missing on December 30 but police found her body in her SUV in Laurel Lake on January 5.

The man who reported her missing was her boyfriend and third cousin, Donald Medley.

Donald was charged with murder on January 4 after troopers say he confessed to killing Farnum.

"They had gotten into a fight, he became angered with her -- supposedly grabbed her, choked her to death and struck her in the face," said Trooper J.J. Dean of the West Virginia State Police.

Investigators say Medley then called his brother, Gregory, for help. They say the two men pushed the SUV into the lake. A witness later came forward to tip off troopers

Tuesday, both men were in Mingo County Magistrate Court for their preliminary hearings.

Prosecutors say Donald waived his right to a hearing. A magistrate sent Gregory’s case to grand jury following testimony in the hearing. Only Donald is charged with the murder.

Prosecutor Michael Sparks tell WSAZ.com a grand jury is expected to hear the case in April.



UPDATE 1/6/13 @ 6:09 p.m.
MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A missing person's case became a murder case after investigators discovered a body inside an SUV.

Evelyn Farnum went missing on December 30 but police found her body in the depths of Laurel Lake.

"Really spooky -- thinking about someone in the neighborhood actually doing something like that," said a woman who lives nearby who didn’t want to be identified.

The car was found just up the road from the lake where Farnum lived along Laurel Fork Road.

Early Sunday afternoon, her black SUV was pulled out of the lake with her body still inside.

"We're the kind of type that everybody knows everybody, you know what I'm saying, everybody trusts everybody,” said the unidentified neighbor.

In an interesting twist, the man who reported her missing was her boyfriend and third cousin, Donald Medley, who was charged with murder on Saturday night after police say he confessed to killing Farnum.

"They had gotten into a fight, he became angered with her -- supposedly grabbed her, choked her to death and struck her in the face," said Trooper J.J. Dean of the West Virginia State Police.

Medley then called his brother, Gregory, for help. Police say they pushed her body and SUV into the murky lake but a witness later came forward to tip off troopers.

"Those people they should suffer for what they've done -- and they will in their own way -- but, it's something you don't think would happen around here, but it did,” said the unidentified neighbor.

And while the community is left to understand why, the brothers sit in jail.

Farnum's body has been sent to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

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UPDATE 1/6/13 @ 2:10 p.m.
MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A missing person's case turned into a murder case Saturday after the person who filed the missing person's report was cuffed and charged for crime.

Evelyn Farnum was reported missing by her cousin Donald Medley on December 30. She was last seen at her home on the Right Fork of Laurel Creek.

Troopers say Saturday Donald Medley and Gregory Medley, both of Laurel Creek, were arrested and charged with concealment of a deceased human body and conspiracy.

Donald Medley was also charged with first degree murder after he confessed to killing Farnum on December 30.

Donald told troopers he became angry with Farnum, hit her in the face several times and then choked her.

He said he then loaded her body into the SUV, called his brother, Gregory Medley, then drove to Laurel Lake and pushed the car into the water.

Sonar found the SUV in a lake off of Laurel Creek Road Saturday, according to investigators.

Officials say the body will now be sent to the West Virginia State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

Donald and Gregory were arraigned Saturday evening on the charges.

Gregory's bond has been set for $200,000. Donald's bond has not been set.

Both are now in the Southwestern Regional Jail.

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UPDATE 1/5/13 @ 7:15 p.m.
MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Emergency crews are planning to search a lake in Mingo County after discovering what appears to be an SUV.

Investigators tell WSAZ.com they are questioning potential suspects right now in connection with a missing woman.

Evelyn Joyce Farnum, 55, of the Right Fork of Laurel Creek, was last seen on Sunday, December 30, in a black 2003 Jeep Liberty.

Sonar found what looks to be a large car in a lake off of Laurel Creek Road, according to investigators.

Family members say Farnum left without taking her purse or cell phone, which they say is not typical for her.

Farnum is described as 5 feet, 3 inches tall and about 100 pounds. She has brown eyes and sandy blond hair.

Anyone with information about Farnum’s whereabouts is asked to call West Virginia State Police at (304) 235-6000 or the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department at (304) 235-0300. Callers may remain anonymous.



ORIGINAL STORY
MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman from Mingo County has been missing since Sunday, Dec. 30, and may be in danger, law enforcement officers with the West Virginia State Police and Mingo County Sheriff’s Department say.

Evelyn Joyce Farnum, 55, of the Right Fork of Laurel Creek, left her home between 10:30 and 11 p.m. Sunday in a black 2003 Jeep Liberty. Family members say Farnum left without taking her purse or cell phone, which they say is not typical for her.

Farnum is described as 5 feet, 3 inches tall and about 100 pounds. She has brown eyes and sandy blond hair.

Anyone with information about Farnum’s whereabouts is asked to call West Virginia State Police at (304) 235-6000 or the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department at (304) 235-0300. Callers may remain anonymous.


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