SLANESVILLE, W.Va. – Police in Hampshire County released more information Saturday morning about a Thursday murder near Slanesville.

Sheriff’s deputies said their investigation shows Mandy O’Hara, 36, and John Shoemaker, 21, of Capon Bridge, broke into the house of O’Hara’s estranged husband Michael O’Hara and killed him in his bedroom.

Deputies allege O’Hara and Shoemaker then wrapped the body in a tarp, tied it to the back of their car, and began driving on Hickory Corner Road where they were spotted by another motorist who saw the body come loose from the back of the suspects’ vehicle

“The eyewitness made brief conversation with the suspects and the suspects fled at a high rate of speed. The eyewitness chased the car to get a better description, but lost sight of the vehicle,” according to a release from the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Department.

The eyewitness then went to another location to get cell service and deputies believe while he was gone O’Hara and Shoemaker returned to Michael O’Hara’s body, tied it back to the vehicle, and dragged it to the Cacapon River where it was hid under a tree.

Hampshire County deputies found the body after tracking from the area of Hickory Corner Road where the eyewitness saw the body. They believe O’Hara’s body was dragged 3 to 4 miles.

Mandy O’Hara, Shoemaker and Gabriella Clutter remain in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail without bail. O’Hara and Shoemaker are charged with murder, Clutter, 21, of Capon Bridge is charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

Deputies said the three were living together and Mandy O’Hara had not lived with Michael O’Hara for several months.

 

(previous Friday, 9/27) SLANESVILLE, W.Va. — A Hampshire County woman was charged with murder and taken into custody Thursday night, the same day her estranged husband’s body was found in the Cacapon River.

Sheriff’s deputies levied first-degree murder charges against Mandy O’Hara, 36, of Capon Bridge. Investigators allege O’Hara—along with John Shoemaker, 21, and Gabriella Clutter, 21, all of Capon Bridge—conspired to murder Michael O’Hara at his house on Hickory Corner Road near Slanesville.

Shoemaker also was charged with first-degree murder, while Clutter was charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

Michael O’Hara’s body was found submerged in the Cacapon River just a few miles from his home. Deputies said he was stabbed to death at his home before his body was dumped into the river. Investigators said eyewitnesses and the victim’s family members helped them develop the suspects in the case.

Mandy O’Hara, Shoemaker and Clutter were being held in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on Friday. Deputies said the three lived together and evidence recovered at their home connected them with the crime.

 

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  • Rachel & Lisa O'Hara

    We are both cousins of Micheal, firstly we would like to state we hope the BASTARDS that committed this sickening crime, ROT IN HELL. Even though justice will be done, this will never be enough, and we will never be able to see or speak to Micheal again. This crime has nothing to do with drugs, so I suggest the majority of you keep your sick little opinions to yourself. Mike was a gentleman, great family man and good friend. We would also like to say thank you to those who have shared their kind words.

    • Debs

      Hugs to you and Lisa, my heart goes out to all family left behind xx

    • Nicole

      i just want to tell the family of Michael O Hara I have read the story multiple times and being that it is so close to home it was shocking to read I am very sorry for you loss

  • Bonniebonn

    I think it's disgusting how quick people are to judge. You know nothing about what happened, but are so quick to talk. Before you start smackin your lips and running your mouthes get the facts!

    • Anon

      So you disgust yourself Bonn since your statement is a quick judgement...and wrong. The facts are out and undisputed. My prayers are with the innocent. When you take an innocent life you forfeit your right to life. Let justice be done...

  • IRON HORSE

    THESE 3 NEED EACH FINGER CUT OFF WITH A DULL KNIFE THEN EACH TOE THEN CUT OFF THEIR NOISE & EARS THEN CUT OUT THEIR EYES & HUNG FROM A BIG OAK TREE WITH WIRE CABLE AROUND THEIR NECKS!!! SINCE THEY ENJOYED USING A KNIFE ON THAT POOR GUY IT MAKES ME SICK JUST TO THINK OF THEY PAIN & SUFFERING HE WENT THROUGH BEFORE HE DIED.

    • anon

      Wow, you talk about being sick? Your comment was pretty sick itself. Calling the kettle black.

      • IRON HORSE

        IT'S CALLED JUSTICE ANON!!!
        WHAT THEY DID WAS EVIL THEY DESERVE PAIN & PUNISHMENT IN THE WORST FORM!!!

    • private

      You saying this , makes you no better yourself ! You are a SICK individual .

    • conjb

      you are one scary individual. I have never seen such venomous, sick comments as you have posted. I hope you seek help.

  • Unbiased Opinion

    Such a tragic event. Prayers for the victims family and children but also for the families and children of the accused. Each one of these 3 arrested were someone's child and someone's parent. I pray for peace for all left affected by this senseless act.

    • Anon

      "Unbiased opinion?" Says who? Of course your opinion is biased and since everybody has their bias it's okay to admit your bias. A bias is natural and not necessarily a bad thing. Here's my biased opinion and I'm proud of it: "When one takes an innocents' life they forfeit their right to life."

  • December

    I was O'HARAs neighbor...Gavin my son loved playing with Sean and Danny...Michael was a sweet man who dearly loved those boys...What a selfish act of Mandy...Now those boys have no parent...My son Gavin is soo up set...We will be laying flowers at the resident this evening...My heart goes out to Michaels family.. My heart breaks for his two sweet boys...Dannys cut little giggle..They sure loved their father..what a shame..Thinking of you Sean N Danny...Gavins Mom!

    • Rob

      Yours is the most thoughtful post I have read this evening. Thank you.

    • Johnty

      Hi December, I am a friend of Michael's (probably his oldest friend) from the uk. Mike and I grew up together and where inseparable as children and then as adults. His family where my second family and his home my second home and the same to him in reverse. Although the pain of his loss runs deep, I am warmed that you knew the Michael I did. A warm and caring individual who loved his family. There are those leaving messages here just guessing what could have happened. My view is that we will never know what thoughts where running through their heads when they plotted and then took my friends life. No punishment they receive will bring back my friend, the father of two sons, the brother of two sisters and the only son to a mother and father. Love you always Mike x

      • conjb

        I don't think I knew Mr. O'Hara, but I have heard nothing but praise and wonderful things about him as a person, a neighbor and a father. I am so very sorry for the loss of your friend and my heart aches for you, his family and his children.

      • December

        Johnty, Have you heard where Sean and Danny are....Gavin ask about them all the time...we did lay flowers n card by their front door...alone with my number...anything I can do please let me know...Mr O'Hara came n talked with My husband n I about things..Just never seen this coming...I deeply crushed and numb over this...My Little boy Gavin wonders if he will ever get to see the boys again...He has lots Questions I cant answer...Sean n Danny was his friends..they stayed nights together many times..Dannys song he loved to sing...Peanut butter jelly time...warms my heart..lol..Mr O'Hara did boy scouts set ups at state line store...whom my family owns...He was always active with those boys...He never had a bad word to spill of Mandy...not his nature...He was just a Great man Who love his children...And all he cared about..Still thinking of you Sean & Danny...Gavin misses you two very much...God Bless all.

        • mary

          thankyou for your kind words ..iam michaels auntie who lives in england ..so proud that he was my nephew ..a fantastic person ..god rest his soul x x x

          • Debs

            Big hugs to mary John and rach and all of the extended family, tragic x

      • Kirsty Demmam

        I being one of Michaels sisters friends from the UK knew Michael was a kind friendly religious person as are all his family and I can't imagine what his sister Ellen and the rest of the family are going through right now my heart breaks for all of them may he rest in peace and the 3 heartless people get the punishment they deserve.

  • chasmo

    WE NEED THE DEATH PENALTY ! ENOUGH SAID

    • EILEEN

      a eye for a eye, a tooth for a tooth, get them off this earth. we don't need to spend our money on these nuts.

  • WVIRGINIAN FOR LIFE

    Wow, what a sorry bunch of losers. What is becoming of our citizens and state as a whole. Condolences to the family.

    • JS

      So, if these three "losers" would have been aborted by their mothers, then Michael O’Hara would still be alive?

      • Anon

        This is just a guess but I think this person's name means he/she is a West Virginian for [the rest of his/her] life, not a pro-life West Virginian. Just to clarify before this devolves into something unnecessary.

    • IRON HORSE

      THEY LOOK LIKE DRUG ADDICTS FOR SURE. & JAIL BAIT/BIRDS JUST 3 MORE TO ADD TO THE NUMBER AT AUGUSTA JAIL THE PLACE IS FULL OF LOSERS!!!WEST VA NEEDS THE DEATH PENELTY IN A BAD WAY!!!! IF YOU KILL SOMEONE YOU NEED TO DIE!!!! NOT SIT IN JAIL. THANK GOODNESS THIS TRASH IS OFF THE STREETS!!!

      • private

        Before you go calling people "drug addicts & jail birds " maybe you should get your facts right . Did you know the situation ? No . You didn't . What she did may noy have been right , but before you go running your mouth just remember they do have family that can see all this . How would you feel if your family had to read this about you . So please think before you put your two cents in .

        • BH

          "What she did may not have been right". My goodness, what low standards some people live by.

        • IRON HORSE

          I THINK MY COMMENT ON THEM BEING JAIL BIRDS IS CORRECT!!!! WHAT KIND OF PERSON WOULD DO THIS KIND OF HORRIBLE CRIME OR WHAT KIND OF PERSON WOULD BE A PART IN WITH SOME ONE ELSE WHO IS KILLING A PERSON!!! BUT A BRAIN DEAD LOSER THEY ARE WHERE THEY BELONG & NEED TO SUFFER EVERYDAY FOR WHAT THEY DID TO THIS MAN!!! EVIL TRASH!!

        • anon

          I hope the drug taking (fact) murderous whore rots in jail, then rots in hell.

      • someone

        there where no drugs at all. trust me i would of known i lived with her since i was born and that really pisses me off that you would assume that.

        • Suck It Up Cupcake

          It pisses you off? Good! They MURDERED someone.. Whether or not drugs were involved doesn't mean jack sh*t bud.. They are all a worthless waste of space.. Are you seriously worried about what YOUR family is going through??? What about his children? Or his family? They deserve the sympathy here, not you because you're butt hurt because people are stating their opinion (great ones) about YOUR family member that MURDERED someone in COLD BLOOD! Get over yourself and SUCK IT UP CUPCAKE!

  • Donna

    My thoughts & Prayers are with the family, my sister was murdered and everyday the pain is still there. Praying for God to give this family strength in the days ahead.

  • Deborah Turner

    My Heart and Prayers go out tonight. To this mans family. May He Rest In Peace.

  • Rhonda

    So sorry for your loss. Cannot imagine what you and your family must be going through.

    May God give you peace.

  • Anonymous

    Autumn,
    I am so sorry for your loss and your family is in my prayers. My family went through something similar and you're better off not looking at these comments. Uneducated people will say anything to make the rumor mill run. Hang in there and do what you need to do for your family and stay off of here! :-)

  • stacey

    I'm so sorry love. I hope they found out who did this.

  • Autumn

    It was my uncle that was murdered and the person that did it did not kill anyone else. I have heard no news about any other bodies being found. Please do not say anything if you don't have the facts because right now the whole family is hurt and we don't need to see and hear lies being spread.

    • Brandi

      So sorry for you loss.. prayers to you and your family during this tragic time.

    • amber

      Im sooo sry for your loss thoughts and prayers to you and your family

    • Deborah Turner

      Your Family is in my Prayers. May your uncle Rest in Peace.

    • Patricia

      Sorry for your loss,PRAYERS,,

    • Mike Bowman

      AMEN

  • Habib Haddad

    The gentleman's throat was slit. Noted area for non-prescription pill sales.

    • Bill

      Oh, and what part of the state which is immune to this problem are you from? Nice comment! You have no idea what the circumstances surrounding this really are.

      • Suitcase Simpson

        It is a noted area for apple and peach orchards, 200 year-old farms, and chronic wasting disease, but NEVER have I heard of this area as noted for pill sales......

        • Dan

          I live in capon bridge. This town is a well known hub for pill sales and distribution. Did you not read the Hampshire Times a few weeks ago and all of the arrests made in connection to drug sales? Every single one of those arrested were selling or distributing oxicodone. It's the big joke around here. Everyone knows where to get their pills from but no one does anything about it.
          My condolences to the family.

          • Habib Haddad

            Thank you Dan. I stand by my statement but would like to add that the families are all in our prayers. There are no winners here and the scourge of synthetic opiates do not discriminate by family or region.

          • Ron

            Capon Bridge is, indeed, a dopers paradise as is much of Hampshire County. Most of these folks are Baltimorons and they need to go back to where they came from.

            We need to nail these oxycodone dealers to a tree.

          • Mike Bowman

            It is a big joke until Hampshire county's sheriff's office is knocking on your door. Ask my ex-neighbors. I see groups of Sheriff's Dept. and State police moving in groups and then some makes the PHRJ website.

          • Ronad

            Its believed she had him killed because he won custody of there children they were all three on drugs and the court found her unable to provide for the kids. therefor her ex husband was granted custody

          • conjb

            apparently Sheriff Alkire is trying to do something, as you mention above! About time!! Anyway you look at it this is still a very sad thing, especially for the innocent kids.

        • felicia deetz

          then u r in the dark my friend

        • conjb

          trust me, it is known foe all those including the pills, sad but true.

    • Mikie

      They entered the mans home and killed him. How are we already assuming its drug related by citing that the area he came loose from being dragged by a vehicle is a well known for trafficking??? Jesus
      This is very sad no matter what the circumstances indeed were. Thoughts and prayers to the families.

    • Mike Bowman

      From what I understand about Mr. O'Hara who many people who knew him as an upstanding citizen. My daughter worked with both of them but, another woman who worked with both had nothing but praise for Mr. O'Hara. I heard that he constantly attended church. I think before you start to degrade Mr. O'Hara, maybe you should learn from his peers who praised him

  • Tess

    It was probably found around the intersection of Hickory Corner Rd. and Hoy Rd. which is a couple of miles from Rt. 29. I saw the ambulance and two police cars there this morning on my way to work.

    • Buzz

      Tess, how could the body have been found there if it was located in the river?

      • Rob

        The body came loose from the back of the car while being dragged in the tarp from what I understand. They then re-tied it to the bumped and continued to drag it to the river. The river into which the body was dumped was North River, a tributary of the Cacapon watershed.
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      • Dawn

        It did not say 'in the river' inthe first article, it said 'under a tree'. The two stories are conflicting as to how hew was found. Either way the poor man is deceased.