PINEVILLE, W.Va. — Wyoming County prosecutor Mike Cochrane said investigators have a strong lead on whose remains were discovered in the shallow grave last week.
“We have some missing persons down here,” he said. “We have some strong suspicions on who this is.”
The discovery was made on property owned by Oscar Combs, Sr. near the Mercer County line. Combs was already jailed on charges of killing a man from Summers County.
“They think he might have killed somebody over in Mercer County,” Cochrane. “This could potentially could be another one he’s involved in. We won’t know until these remains are tested.”
Police found the remains last Friday while executing a search warrant after developing information about the possible location on Combs’ property. Cochrane said the victim was buried in a grave about a foot deep. Authorities speculate they had been there about a year and Cochrane confirmed the timeline fits with the missing person they believe was in the grave.
“State police has worked extremely hard and spoken with various witnesses on this case,” he said. “We feel very strong that he’s done something here.”