Detectives Say Remains Could Belong to 1979 Missing Woman

KANAWHA FALLS– Detectives are continuing to investigate the human remains recovered in the Kanawha Falls area on Tuesday.

The complete skeletal remains discovered by someone searching for arrowheads in the area, appear to be that of a small adult. The bones were buried in a shallow grave and covered by top soil and rocks. They appear to have been there for several decades but no more than 50 years. The only person detectives can determine went missing in that area during that time frame is Sue Roop. She was reported missing by her family in February of 1979. She was last seen in the Bentree area of Nicholas and Clay counties, just a few miles from where the remains were found. Investigators have obtained DNA samples from Roop’s family and submitted them for testing. They say it could be months before there is a positive identification but detectives are continuing to investigate Sue Roop’s disappearance. They are asking for the public’s help in this investigation. They say someone somewhere knows something. If you have any information please call the Fayette County Sheriff’s office at 304-574-4216.

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