2 arrested in Jefferson County for murder of missing man

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — A man reported missing in Jefferson County back in May is dead. Now, West Virginia State Police have made arrests in his murder.

James “Jimmy” Kerns had last reportedly been seen in the Ranson area of Jefferson County on May 25.

Investigators say they learned he was known to frequent a Motel 6 on Jefferson Terrace Road where he was known to associate with Amanda Lynn Frey, 42, of Hagerstown, Md. and Charles Wilbert Cook Jr., 40, of Kearneysville.

Investigators learned there had been an altercation in one of the hotel rooms during which Kerns was reportedly stabbed by Cook and died of his injuries.

State Police Sergeant JA Meeks of the Charles Town Detachment said Frey was arrested July 6th in Berkeley County and charged with Concealment of a Deceased Human Body. On Monday, July 19, 2021, Charles Cook Jr., was tracked down to Berkeley County and arrested, charged with Second Degree Murder.





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