FIRST ON WOAY: Thomas Dunbar person of interest in one Greenbrier murder

GREENBRIER CO., WV (WOAY) – The Greenbrier County Sheriff tells WOAY that Thomas Dunbar is a person of interest in the murder of 32-year-old Shaela Lynn McCoy Abren of Webster Springs / Raleigh County.

No word yet on who’s suspected of killing 24-year-old Chastity Faye Hamm of White Sulphur Springs.

Their bodies were found on January 18th and 20th in wooded areas of the county.

Dunbar is currently in the South Central Regional Jail on unrelated gun charges in Raleigh and Kanawha Counties.  He has a $100,000 bond on those two charges.

Here is Greenbrier County Sheriff Bruce Sloan’s news release:

Relatively early in the murder investigation of Shaela McCoy Abren, investigators with the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s office developed a suspect in her death.  That individual was identified as Thomas Ray Dunbar, age 37, of Frankford, WV.

During the course of the investigation information was developed which led investigators to believe that Thomas Dunbar may have been involved in the December 17, 2017 shooting that occurred at the Go-Mart on Harper Road in Raleigh County.

Deputies with the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office met with investigators with the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office regarding his possible connection to that crime.  Subsequent to those inquiries, investigators with the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office would obtain an arrest warrant for Thomas Dunbar for his involvement in that shooting.

During the early morning hours of Saturday, January 20, 2018, officers with the Charleston Police Department arrested Thomas Ray Dunbar on unrelated charges in their jurisdiction and he was incarcerated in the South Central Regional Jail.  Investigators with the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office traveled to Kanawha County and met with members of the Charleston Police Department subsequent to that arrest.   The assistance provided by the Charleston Police Department during this investigation would prove to be crucial.

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