UPDATE | July trial date set in Huntington dismemberment case

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP/WSAZ) -- UPDATE 3/13/19 @ 2:05 p.m.
A trial date has been set for a West Virginia man accused of killing a woman whose body he hid in pieces.

According to media reports, jury selection in the trial of 75-year-old Argie Lee Jeffers Sr. is set to start in July. Jeffers was charged with murder and concealment of a deceased human body in February 2018, months after pieces of Carrie Sowards were found in the Guyandotte River.

A criminal complaint says investigators found evidence of a major "bloodletting incident" at Jeffers' home, along with DNA samples believed to belong to Sowards. Jeffers told police they were in a volatile relationship.

A relative of Jeffers told police he'd been asked to dispose of buckets containing body parts that police said were consistent of those missing from Sowards' body.



UPDATE 2/7/18 @ 11:30 p.m.
A person has been arrested in connection with the death of Carrie Jo Worrell Wood.

Argie Jeffers Sr. is charged with murder and concealing a dead body.

"He was an early suspect," said Interim Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial. "We had strong indications that he did it. We believed he did it, but we can't arrest folks on just what we believe or what we think. We have to have probably cause. We continue to work all of these homicides, any serious cases, until we receive that level of information."

As he arrived at the Cabell County Courthouse late Wednesday night for his arraignment, Jeffers repeatedly told WSAZ he was not guilty.

"It's just a bunch of (expletive deleted)," Jeffers said. "I didn't do it. I'm not guilty, but there are a lot of people setting me up wanting money."

According to a criminal complaint, Jeremy Jeffers contacted Cabell County 911 on Wednesday, saying Argie Jeffers had asked him to help discard some buckets at the 8th Avenue Car Wash dumpster.

Police say Jeremy looked in the buckets and found body parts.

Officers were able to locate those buckets and discovered body parts consistent with the missing portions of Wood.

"Often murderers or suspects think they are smarter than our investigators," Dial said. "They're not smarter than our investigators."

Wood's dismembered body was found by a fisherman near the Guyandotte boat ramp last September.

When asked what his relationship was with the victim, Argie Jeffers said, "She was the best friend I ever had. Me and her were close. She didn't have a home, nobody to take care of her, and I had to feed and take care of her and help her. I loved that woman."

Police say the death was caused by an act of violence, but believe it was an isolated incident.

During a voluntary interview, the criminal complaint states Jeffers Sr. advised he had been in a relationship with Wood, but it was volatile and they had argued the last time he saw her.

The West Virginia Medical Examiners Office told investigators Wood suffered a shotgun wound to the upper body.

In October, a search warrant was executed at Jeffers' home along Riverside Drive.

There forensic investigators say they found blood and tissue evidence believed to be that of Wood.

"Our tenacious investigators continue to work it and they stay on it and they continue to take steps to get to the point that would meet the threshold of probable cause," Dial said.

Officers executed several other search warrants and completed several additional searches in relation to this case.

Investigators say additional search warrants are being executed and more arrests are possible. However, Dial said there is no danger to the public.

"We just make sure that everyone who was involved in committing this crime and/or concealing this crime will receive justice," Dial said.

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UPDATE 10/4/17 @ 5:45 p.m.
Police are still searching for who dismembered a woman's body and dumped it into the Guyandotte River.

Her name was Carrie Jo Worrell Wood.

Police have exercised several search warrants in connection with this case, including one at a home in the Altizer area on Riverside Drive.

Some neighbors tell WSAZ they remember seeing her at that house several times.

Nobody wanted to talk on camera. But they said she would stay for several days at a time at the house and had done so for several times in the last six to 10 months.

One described Wood as very friendly.

The last time neighbors remember seeing her was about a month ago.

As of Wednesday, it's now been 11 days since her body was found near the Guyandotte boat ramp.

Wood was 40 years old.

Police just released her name Tuesday, saying they had made a tentative identification using her tattoos late last week, which would have been around the time that search warrant was executed in Altizer, then confirmed her identity with fingerprints.

A woman who said she was the daughter of the man who lives at that home in Altizer declined to talk to us and told us to leave.

Detectives believe this was an isolated incident.

Police have been quiet about the case ever since the news release Tuesday.



UPDATE 10/3/17 @ 3:30 p.m.
Huntington Police have identified the remains of a body found in the Guyandotte River last month.

According to a release, the remains of Carrie Jo Worrell Wood, 40, of Huntington, were found Sept. 23 near the Guyandotte Boat Ramp.

Huntington Police detectives made a tentative identification of the remains using tattoos on the body late last week.

The identification was confirmed by fingerprints.

Huntington Police say the death was caused by an act of violence.

Officers were involved in the execution of several search warrants and additional searches by the Police Department’s Marine Unit and Dive Team over the weekend.

Detectives believe this was an isolated incident.

Family were notified after an identification was made. A missing persons report was not filed.

The case remains under investigation.

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UPDATE 9/26/17 @ 3 p.m.
Huntington Police say the remains of a person found in the Guyandotte River belonged to a woman.

Chief Joe Ciccarelli says the cause of death was an "act of violence."

Police recovered additional remains Monday in the Guyandotte River of who they believe was the same woman.

Police believe the remains were found in the river close to where they were placed, based on weather conditions in Huntington.

Ciccarelli says they have recovered several "pieces of human remains...that belonged to one body."

Police say they don't believe the remains belong to any missing persons cases HPD is working because they have all been resolved.

"Clearly it's unsettling to have this kind of, what clearly now is a crime take place and an offender that's not in custody," Chief Ciccarelli said.

Chief Ciccarelli said he doesn't have a reason not to believe this wasn't done to target a person in particular and not a random act of violence, although he said that was speculation at this point.

A full autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.



UPDATE 9/25/17 @ 4 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police are still working to learn the identity of the body that was discovered this weekend.

They are waiting on autopsy results for the body parts that were found by a fisherman near the Guyandotte boat ramp Saturday afternoon.

On Monday morning, the ramp was almost completely clear and quiet, except for a few geese and pieces of leftover crime scene tape.

About 48 hours earlier, a fisherman found pieces of a body along the bank.

"It's absolutely terrifying,” said Tabbatha Thompson, who lives near the boat ramp. “I don't know what to think."

Thompson is the guardian for four of her nephews, ages 14 to 7.

"The plan for Saturday was to go fishing," she said.

They were going to go fishing at the very place where police ended up. Her oldest had gone down with some friends earlier, until she heard what happened and brought them back.

"It's unimaginable,” she said. “What if he would have seen something like that? Being 14, that would have scarred him forever."

The ramp was already a place Thompson avoided because it's where her brother overdosed and died in April. She used to like her home, near the entrance to the ramp.

"It was a blessing,” said Thompson. “Now, I don't think so."

Boats were out in the water Saturday, but police said there was no need for them Monday because their focus has shifted to another area, but they would not elaborate further.

Thompson told the boys what happened and kept them close to the house after.

But she says a nearby favorite fishing spot is now off limits.

"Yeah, they love to fish, we'll just have to find a different fishing area,” she said. “I'm OK with that."

Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli said the autopsy was performed Monday morning. Once law enforcement gets the results and tells us, we'll pass that information along.

“Yeah, it's scary especially with four kids,” Thompson said. “It's terrifying. This being so close to home, physically, it's even more scary."



ORIGINAL STORY 9/23/17
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Huntington Police say a body was found in Cabell County.

Authorities say the body was found at the Guyandotte Boat Ramp by a fisherman.

The body was found around 2:40 p.m. Saturday.

Investigators at the scene have confirmed that body parts were found.

No other information has been released.

We have a crew at the scene.

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