EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSWoman Arrested For Hiding Bodies In Nicholas County
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Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Matt Durrett/Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Aug. 22, 2013 8:02 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 23, 2013 9:08 AM EDT
Summersville , Nicholas County , West Virginia
A startling discovery in a Summersville storage unit has now led to the arrest of a woman investigators said was hiding the bodies of two Alabama women, perhaps for more than a decade.
Still recovering from a failed suicide attempt, Wanda Kiser, 61, was released from Summersville Regional Medical Center on Thursday and taken into State Police custody. She is facing charges of concealing human remains.
Last week, owners of Storall of Summersville, noticed suspicious drag marks leading into one of the unlocked units. Inside discovered what they believed were human remains, and called police.
"Immediately upon looking into the storage shelter, we knew it was human remains, at that time we secured the scene," explains Trooper D.P. White of the Richwood detachment.
Troopers said the unit, leased to Kiser in 2008, contained a leg with a foot still attached, bearing a sock, a human skull in an open box, and what appeared to be human hair. Also in the unit, troopers said was a "significant amount" of paperwork with the names Mary Cobb, 105, and Wynona Delvecchio, 84. The mother and daughter were last seen alive leaving an Alabama nursing home more than a decade ago.
"Are you responsible for the deaths of Wynona and Mary?" asked Eyewitness News reporter Leslie Rubin, but Kiser did not respond.
She also apparently kept quiet when Alabama authorities came to West Virginia last month to question her about the missing women. She is their former neighbor, and the one who checked Delvecchio out of the nursing home, but it was a series of forgery indictments that brought them to the Mountain State. Kiser had been at the center of the Alabama investigation since they discovered she had set up a fictitious account that only she could access, allegedly forging checks belonging to the mother and daughter.
"Under advice of her counsel, she chose to fight extradition. At that time, her bond was also lowered, she was placed on home confinement and she was on home confinement when these new charges came about," White said.
The strange series of events is quickly starting to unravel, and is perhaps the start of closing a cold case hundreds of miles away.
Kiser had to be taken back to the hospital after her arraignment because of a severe nosebleed. She has not yet been transported to the Central Regional Jail.
The Smithsonian has been called in to positively ID the remains.
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