$5,000 reward offered in cold case of missing Kanawha County man

Samuel "Dickie" Riser's family is offering a $5,000 reward for information about his disappearance and suspected murder in 2010. (Photo Courtesy of Riser Family)

Thursday marks seven years since a Kanawha County man was seen alive. His family is hoping that news of a reward will bring long-awaited closure to his mysterious disappearance.

Samuel "Dickie" Riser's family is convinced he was murdered in his Glasgow home. A bloody crime scene was found is home shortly after his disappearance in 2010, but his body has never been found.

"There's no closure, of course. There's no body, there's no funeral. All you can do is think, of course, the worst of what happened that night," said Tressie Cabell, a family friend and private investigator on the case.

"At this point, we don't know if there's a body to recover," she said.

More questions than answers have plagued the investigation, but now the family is announcing a $5,000 reward for anyone who cracks the case.

"To anyone who can get an arrest and conviction," Cabell said.

Riser's family is still struggling to come to terms with the tragedy of losing the 60-year-old.

"Ms. Riser was supposed to come here today for an interview and she was just so emotionally drained and she can't sleep. I mean, this has been an ongoing thing, wondering, 'What has happened to my father?' " Cabell said of Riser's daughter, Michelle Riser White.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office has previously said there are "persons of interest" in the case, but Cabell said the family has a good idea of who is responsible.

"Your friends are talking, we know who the suspects are. If you don't want to come forward, hopefully your friends will keep talking, so we know who you are," she said to whomever is responsible in the case.

If you would like to speak with Cabell, who works with Cabell's Private Investigations, call 304-982-0200 or email

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