Search for Fayette County teen turns into homicide investigation

BECKLEY, W.Va. — The West Virginia State Police on Wednesday announced the search for a missing Fayette County teenager has turned into a homicide investigation after authorities discovered her body.

Azareyiah Mitchell, 17, of Oak Hill, was last seen Sept. 28 with 26-year-old Steven Marvin Lawson Jr. and 19-year-old Jalesa Dashea Bass. Lawson is charged with accessory to murder, concealment of a deceased body and conspiracy, while Bass faces charges of second-degree murder, concealment of a deceased human body and conspiracy.

According to authorities, an altercation between Bass and Mitchell at a Summers County apartment preceded her death. Mitchell’s body was discovered in another state.

The West Virginia State Police added Mitchell and Lawson were in a relationship.

Lawson and Bass are being held at the Southern Regional Jail on a $250,000 bond.





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