CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Police are looking for two suspects in connection with a body found in the Kanawha River near South Charleston last week.


Jordan Merwin

Charleston investigators said Thursday they’re searching for Jordan Merwin and Josh Given.

The body of Anna Ranson, 32, of Cross Lanes, was located in the river near Blaine Island last week. Ranson’s vehicle was found at a home near the Wolf Pen area of Kanawha County on Tuesday.

Lt. Tony Hazelett, chief of detectives for the Charleston Police Department, said Merwin is accused of selling Ranson’s vehicle for $200. Police have a warrant out for Merwin for obtaining under false pretenses.

It’s unknown how Merwin got a hold of Ranson’s vehicle, Hazelett said.

“Based on his criminal history and interviewing, Jordan has a drug problem. We know that he’s been staying at the hotels around the area in Kanawha City, but we do not know how he came in contact with Anna Ranson’s vehicle,” he said.



Josh Given

Ranson was last seen on Charleston’s West Side at around 1:30 am. on Sept. 21 with Josh Given, according to police.

“He’s refusing to come in and answer questions,” Hazelett said of Given. “We have no criminal charges on him.”

Hazelett said they are not investigating Ranson’s death as a murder at this time.

“There was no evidence of any foul play, blunt force trauma, stab wounds, gun shot wounds, nothing like that,” he said.

Police are also looking for a man who attempted to use Ranson’s debit card at the Chase Bank ATM in St. Albans. The man tried two withdrawals of $100.


Surveillance video shows a man attempting to use the debit card.

Hazelett said it’s disheartening that people would take advantage of a person who died.

“It’s disturbing that someone would use her car and debit card after they know that she’s been found deceased,” he said. “There’s a lot of criminal activity involved after the fact.”

It’s still unknown how Ranson died. Police are waiting for results from a full autopsy report.

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