UPDATE | Friends and family react to loss of murder victim Tressa Adkins

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 11/6/19 @ 6:23 p.m.
Friends and coworkers are trying to deal with the loss of Tressa Adkins, who was found dead inside her apartment on Tuesday.

Friends and coworkers are trying to deal with the loss of Tressa Adkins, who was found dead Tuesday inside her apartment in Charleston, West Virginia.

The victim, who was 57, was well known at the Shoney's along Kanawha Boulevard where she was a waitress.

Coworkers described her as bubbly and outgoing.

"She is a sweetheart, she'll make you laugh, she is funny, full of laughs always. If you had a problem, she always made you feel good," said Barbra Boggs, a waitress at Shoney's.

Other coworkers described Adkins as easygoing and a great problem solver, who was always willing to help others in any way she could.

"Tressa was the type of person -- even if she had her own problems, she would drop her problems to help anyone with theirs," said Hilary Martindale, a waitress at Shoney's.



UPDATE 11/5/19 @ 7:45 p.m.
A man is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend.

Charleston Police say Charles Wesley Wild, 37, has been arrested and charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend, Tressa Adkins, 57, of Charleston.

Police say just before 1 p.m. Tuesday, they got a call about a woman's body in an apartment in the 1500 block of Kanawha Boulevard East.

The caller identified himself as Wild, the victim's boyfriend. Police say he stayed on scene until they arrived.

When officers got on scene, they say Adkins' body had visible injuries to the face, neck and upper torso. Her body has been sent to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

Wild was arraigned in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. He will be taken to the South Central Regional Jail. No bond was set.

If convicted of murder, Wild faces up to life in prison.

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ORIGINAL STORY 11/5/19
A woman has been found dead in Charleston and police say her death is considered a homicide.

Charleston Police say the woman's body was found at an apartment in the 1500 block of Kanawha Boulevard East.

A man was taken into custody, but has not been charged at this time.

No other details have been released.

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Charles Wesley Wild, 37, faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of his girlfriend, Tressa Adkins, 57, of Charleston, West Virginia. (WSAZ/Alexander Sypolt)