BECKLEY, W.Va. — The state Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy on the human remains found in a shallow grave near Beckley Wednesday. Police believe it’s the body of 29-year-old Charleston resident Kareem Hunter.

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Kareem Hunter

Hunter was originally reported missing in September. Kanawha County deputies believe he was murdered in a Marmet apartment. They’ve charged resident Kelsey Legg, 20, with murder and are looking for two men. Their names haven’t been released.

Kanawha County Sheriff’s Dept. Cpl. Brian Humphreys said the remains were found in a shallow grave not far from the West Virginia Turnpike’s Harper Road exit. He said a lot of credit should go to Raleigh County Sheriff Steve Tanner who had Kanawha County detectives contacted shortly after the discovery.

“He wanted them to be involved from the ground up in case the evidence needs to be turned over to our detectives at some point in the future,” Humphreys said.

The remains were removed from the grave by early Thursday afternoon. Humphreys said some decomposing had started to take place but the remains resemble Hunter’s physical features.

“You’re looking at about 6 weeks since the date of the crime,” Humphreys said. “So probably 6 weeks he’s been buried, exposed to the elements in some fashion.”

But a cooler than fall may end up helping investigators Humphreys said.

“The sheriff of Raleigh County noted there’s been a lot more cold weather lately than what is typical for this time of year and with the colder temperatures that may have worked out to our benefit as far as preservation of the evidence,” Humphreys said.

Hunter’s parents have been notified.

Cpl. Humphreys said an autopsy should provide additional information.

“We will hope to be able to identify and determine a cause of death,” he said.

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  • Mourning

    Kareem was an amazing person and our family deserves to give him the proper burial he deserves. To think that someone can be so cold hearted to do this to someone so young and full of life is unnerving. I pray endlessly that they find the two men who were with Kelsey. She doesn't deserve any sympathy and she won't get it from me. She needs to give the two men up before tragedy strikes again on another family as it has to ours.

  • Sherry

    My sympathy to the family of the deceased.

  • eduardo

    So yeah Larry you are a jerk

    • Larry

      And you are a Mexican!

      • danielle

        Most of u are all off topic with bullying eachother n name calling. The only good news is they found his body and now his parents can have closure. Everything else is irrelevent

        • Larry

          I agree!

  • eduardo

    Not nice to call people fat because it is hurtful to ALL overweight people and their loved ones

  • Larry

    I can just hear those drug addled idiots, "Nobody will ever find this body, barely covered right behind this old house in a residential area".

  • Wanda

    I hope the local authorities get the film footage from the toll booths; I do believe the police have a description of the car used, just thankful for one thing right now Kareem’s parent can lay their son to rest. Kelsey Legg should receive the death penalty.

  • Renee

    Right on Larry

  • Doug

    She got fat from my tax dollars!

  • JS

    What does her being "fat" have to do with anything about this terrible murder. You guys are what's wrong with society. BULLYS!!!

    • Wow

      Do you mean Bullies????

    • Larry

      Otherwise I agree, bullying is wrong and unacceptable.

    • Larry

      I think it's generally accepted as ok to bully people who lure someone to their home, have them killed, have their body taken an hour away and buried in a shallow grave, but I could be wrong.

  • Doug

    She ate the other people

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  • Larry

    Now that they've found the body, you would think the very fat girl would give up the other people involved.

    • David

      There is a fatty involved in all of this?

      • Larry

        Yes, and she couldn't have dug a shallow grave for a snake, so she had to have accomplices.