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UPDATE: Sheriff asking for public's help in Monroe County murder investigation

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Union, W.Va (WVNS) -

UPDATE 11/17/2017 @ 9 AM

Union, WV (WVNS)-- The Monroe County Sheriff is asking for help in reconstructing details in a murder investigation. 

Judy Kay Wooten faces first degree murder in connection to the body that was found on the side of the road near Union. 

Sheriff Ken Hedrick said his office and state police are trying to reconstruct the victim and the suspect's movements on the day of the murder. 

According to the criminal complaint, deputies obtained a search warrant for William Comer, Jr's cell phone and discovered that Wooten was the last person with whom he spoke. When she was taken in for questioning, Wooten reportedly confessed to shooting Comer.

A Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy was responding to a welfare check on Lillydale Road when he found Comer's body laying face down next to his truck. The West Virginia County Medical Examiner confirmed Comer was shot in the head.

Wooten was arraigned on Monday, November 13th, in front Magistrate Kevin Miller, and is held in the Southern Regional Jail without bond. The Monroe County Sheriff's Department and the West Virginia State Police Union Detachment are still investigating this case. 

Sheriff Hedrick is asking for anybody with information to contact 304-772-3018. 

UPDATE 11/13/2017 @ 6 PM

Union, W.Va (WVNS) -  Monroe County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Judy Kay Wooten on a first degree murder charge in connection to the body that was found on the side of the road near Union. 

According to the criminal complaint, deputies obtained a search warrant for William Comer, Jr's cell phone and discovered that Wooten was the last person with whom he spoke. When she was taken in for questioning, Wooten reportedly confessed to shooting Comer.

A Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy was responding to a welfare check on Lillydale Road when he found Comer's body laying face down next to his truck. The West Virginia County Medical Examiner confirmed Comer was shot in the head.

Wooten was arraigned on Monday, November 13th, in front Magistrate Kevin Miller, and is held in the Southern Regional Jail without bond. The Monroe County Sheriff's Department and the West Virginia State Police Union Detachment are still investigating this case. 


UPDATE 11/13/2017 @ 10:15 AM 

Union, W.Va (WVNS) -  Monroe County Deputies arrested a woman on murder charges after a body was found in an abandoned truck over the weekend. 

Deputies tell 59 News Judy Kay Wooten is in jail  and charged with murder. They found the body on Saturday while checking on an abandoned pick up truck on Lilly Dale Road near Union. 

The body has been identified as 60-year-old, William Comer, Jr. from  Lowell, West Virginia. It has been sent to the West Virginia State Medical Examiners Office in Charleston. 

The incident is still under investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and the West Virginia State Police Union Detachment.

Stay with 59 News for the latest details in this developing story.


An investigation is underway in Monroe County after deputies discovered a body.

Deputies tell 59 News they found the body on Saturday while checking on an abandoned pick up truck on Lilly Dale Road near Union. 

The body has been identified as 60-year-old, William Comer, Jr. from  Lowell, West Virginia. 

The body has been sent to the West Virginia State Medical Examiners Office in Charleston. 

The incident is currently under investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and the West Virginia State Police Union Detachment.

Stay with 59 News for the latest details in this developing story.

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