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Marie
07-18-2007, 04:02 AM
COLD CASE: Police won't give up on women who went missing in 1999 (http://www.dailymail.com/story/News/200707175/COLD-CASE-Police-wont-give-up-on-women-who-went-missing-in-1999/)

It's been more than seven years since Mary Friend and her mother, Marcus Maxine Stalnaker, vanished after setting out on a shopping trip.

Friend, 46, and her mother, 69, vanished Dec. 1, 1999. Friend's 1987 silver-gray Chevrolet Celebrity was found five days later along U.S. 19 in Gore, but there was no sign of foul play, and no helpful evidence was recovered.

he women lived in Jane Lew with Friend's husband, Kevin, who was out of town at the time they vanished. Police said there were no signs of violence or intruders at the couple's home.

The women's belongings also remained at the house, so there was nothing to indicate they packed and left voluntarily.

Sharedspirit
04-16-2009, 08:41 PM
http://www.wboy.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=56364

A man related to two Lewis County women missing since 1999 is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in their disappearance.

Sharedspirit
04-16-2009, 08:48 PM
http://www.wvgazette.com/News/200904130053

Hildebrand says family members had lost contact with the women after his mother died in 1989. He says Stalnaker is his mother's sister.

Hildebrand says family members learned of the women's disappearance while researching their genealogy.

imamaze
10-08-2009, 08:54 PM
The Charley Project: Marcus Maxine Stainaker (http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/s/stalnaker_marcus.html)


The Charley Project: Mary Geneva Friend (http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/f/friend_mary.html)



West Virginia State Police (http://www.wvstatepolice.com/mislewis.html)

summer_breeze
08-23-2010, 10:07 PM
http://www.dailymail.com/News/statenews/201008230247

Monday August 23, 2010
by The Associated Press

ELKINS, W.Va. -- The family of two women who have been missing since leaving for a Christmas shopping trip more than a decade ago are demanding action from police investigators.

mysticrose
10-07-2011, 09:49 PM
The unsolved mystery of the two missing Lewis County, West Virginia women

J. Maropoulakis Denney
, Clarksburg Conservative Examiner
December 30, 2009 - Like this? Subscribe to get instant updates.


It was just over ten years ago, on Wednesday, December 1, 1999 that 45 year old Mary Friend and her mother, 69 year old Maxine Stalnaker were last seen or heard from. Mary was scheduled to work the following morning at her job at an area dry cleaners, but she never showed up. Maxine, Mary and Mary's husband Kevin Friend lived together on Jesse's Run Road near the small rural town of Jane Lew in Lewis County, West Virginia at Maxine's residence.

The late afternoon of Wednesday, December 1st, 1999 started off with Mary Friend and her mother Maxine Stalnaker driving from their Jesse's Run residence into Jane Lew in Mary's 1987 Chevy station wagon. In part, the purpose of the trip was to pick up Pam Pugh, a sister of Mary's, and then drive to the Joseph Metz residence to have two used tires put on the vehicle. Pam and Mary dropped their mother Maxine off at the Sheetz store at the Jane Lew exit of I-79 (exit 105), where Maxine was picked up by her son Ted Harrison to go shopping, then Mary and Pam proceeded to the Metz residence near the Stonewall Jackson Lake/Stonecoal Lake area to get the tires


Continue reading on Examiner.com The unsolved mystery of the two missing Lewis County, West Virginia women - Clarksburg Conservative | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in-clarksburg/the-unsolved-mystery-of-the-two-missing-lewis-county-west-virginia-women#ixzz1a9PfulYr

mysticrose
10-07-2011, 09:55 PM
Snipped from article above;


One source did report that a bloody cloth was removed from the scene inside the residence at Jesse's Run by a family member before the police arrived on Saturday December 4th. In addition, Maxine's young pet Doberman was found dead under the house, and the police have not provided any explanation as to how the animal died

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It is reported that Joseph Metz submitted to a polygraph test and did not fare well on it. Rumors have been circulating about one family member allegedly conducting some illegal activities for a local business owner, and that Mary Friend threatened to expose this. Authorities have not been able to confirm any of this

http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in-clarksburg/the-unsolved-mystery-of-the-two-missing-lewis-county-west-virginia-women

AmandaReckonwith
10-08-2011, 12:11 AM
Lots of info in that article, moreso than any others that I've seen.

But... what the heck does Ralph have to do with them? That's what I want to know.

Paulette
10-08-2011, 01:36 AM
Lots of info in that article, moreso than any others that I've seen.

But... what the heck does Ralph have to do with them? That's what I want to know.

RL is the grandson of Marcus Maxine and the nephew of Mary. I think his mother is Maxine's daughter. Can't find her name or any of her children's names except Mary.

Mary had a son named Eric Metz that failed a polygraph and was a POI. Very violent character - don't know if he's still in prison.

He and RL are very close in age.

Connect the dots.

JeannieC
10-08-2011, 10:47 AM
RL is the grandson of Marcus Maxine and the nephew of Mary. I think his mother is Maxine's daughter. Can't find her name or any of her children's names except Mary.

Mary had a son named Eric Metz that failed a polygraph and was a POI. Very violent character - don't know if he's still in prison.

He and RL are very close in age.

Connect the dots.

Marcus Maxine had a son Ted, and two daughters Mary and Pam. (she might have had more but those are the only ones I'm aware of)
Pam's son is RL.

Paulette
10-08-2011, 11:14 AM
So...Mary's son, referred to in the article as Joseph Metz, whose given name is Eric J. Metz was the one that she & Pam went to his house to get the tires changed?

http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in-clarksburg/the-unsolved-mystery-of-the-two-missing-lewis-county-west-virginia-women

No Stone Unturned
09-19-2013, 08:21 AM
http://arre.st/WV-1005079302

http://arre.st/Jails/WVJails.info/images2/JosephMetz3780969.jpg

Mary Friend's son, who is Maxine Stalnaker's grandson has been arrested for their murders.



Police believe Metz and another suspect killed both women because they possessed a tablet that contained incriminating evidence against The Wilderness Plantation. Metz was an employee at that club and restaurant at the time. Police think there was a plan to get the women to Jesse's Run Road where they swiped the tablet and then carried out the killings.

http://www.wdtv.com/wdtv.cfm?func=view&section=Fox-10&item=EXCLUSIVE-Man-Arrested-In-1999-Lewis-County-Cold-Case11865

Paulette
09-19-2013, 11:47 AM
http://arre.st/WV-1005079302

http://arre.st/Jails/WVJails.info/images2/JosephMetz3780969.jpg

Mary Friend's son, who is Maxine Stalnaker's grandson has been arrested for their murders.





http://www.wdtv.com/wdtv.cfm?func=view&section=Fox-10&item=EXCLUSIVE-Man-Arrested-In-1999-Lewis-County-Cold-Case11865

OMG, I'm gobsmacked! So...who is the other suspect? I hope it's RL.

No Stone Unturned
09-19-2013, 12:16 PM
Oh me too Paulette.

The big question is-- what evidence does LE have to arrest Metz? There is a press conference today at 1 p.m. Not sure if it is televised.

flightlevel
09-19-2013, 01:10 PM
http://www.wowktv.com/story/23472337/man-charged-with-murder-in-1999-cold-case-in-lewis-county-wv

No Stone Unturned
09-19-2013, 01:46 PM
David Hughes, the former owner of the Wilderness Plantation in Jane Lew, conspired with Joseph Metz and Steve Freeman to kidnap, rob, and murder Stalnaker and Friend, according to a criminal complaint. Hughes ordered Metz and Freeman to remove the women from their Fox Run house off of Jesse's Run Road in Lewis County, the criminal complaint states. The women were taken to a residence on Jesse's Run Road, where the men took their possessions, including a purse, before killing them, according to a criminal complaint. Hughes said he ordered the murder because the purse contained a writing tablet with information about illegal criminal transactions about business affairs the men were involved in, said the complaint. Hughes feared that the women would turn the incriminating evidence over to law enforcement.

http://www.wboy.com/story/23472117/joseph-metz-marcus-maxine-stalnaker-mary-geneva-friend-cold-case-arrest

Paulette
09-19-2013, 02:33 PM
David Hughes arrested too.

"Hughes said he ordered the murder because the purse contained a writing tablet with information about illegal criminal transactions about business affairs the men were involved in, said the complaint. Hughes feared that the women would turn the incriminating evidence over to law enforcement."

Evidently he talked to LE.

Now to get the rotten son to tell where his mother & grandma are buried. (He must have been involved up to his eyeballs in the fraud or why else kill his own mother at the bequest of his boss?)

Where is Steve Freeman?

Does anyone have any info on him?

http://www.wboy.com/story/23472117/joseph-metz-marcus-maxine-stalnaker-mary-geneva-friend-cold-case-arrest

No Stone Unturned
09-20-2013, 04:53 PM
Steve Freeman was arrested Thursday afternoon by law enforcement in Ohio and is also being held at the Northwest Ohio Correction Center.

Freeman is facing murder, kidnapping, and robbery charges, said Lewis County Sheriff Adam Gissy at a press conference Thursday. Hughes and Freeman will be extradited to West Virginia at a later date.
http://www.wboy.com/story/23472117/joseph-metz-marcus-maxine-stalnaker-mary-geneva-friend-cold-case-arrest

Hughes seems to be the ring-leader of this operation. Still, he is the one who pointed the finger at Metz (and himself). Maybe his conscious got to him?

Where are these two ladies now?

Paulette
09-20-2013, 08:34 PM
http://www.wboy.com/story/23472117/joseph-metz-marcus-maxine-stalnaker-mary-geneva-friend-cold-case-arrest

Hughes seems to be the ring-leader of this operation. Still, he is the one who pointed the finger at Metz (and himself). Maybe his conscious got to him?

Where are these two ladies now?

Referring to "Maybe his conscience got to him?" made me laugh! Maybe he thinks that he'll get a light sentence in jail, compared to the actual killers. Why confess when all LE has is speculation? Maybe he told someone what they did & that person came forward & Hughes incriminated himself.

Here's a bit of the Examiner article that tells that Maxine was home at 5pm & Mary didn't get home (separate residence) till after 9pm. Looks like they took Mary to Maxine's house & then killed both of them. Maxine must have known what Mary had written in her tablet.

"The late afternoon of Wednesday, December 1st, 1999 started off with Mary Friend and her mother Maxine Stalnaker driving from their Jesse's Run residence into Jane Lew in Mary's 1987 Chevy station wagon. In part, the purpose of the trip was to pick up Pam Pugh, a sister of Mary's, and then drive to the Joseph Metz residence to have two used tires put on the vehicle. Pam and Mary dropped their mother Maxine off at the Sheetz store at the Jane Lew exit of I-79 (exit 105), where Maxine was picked up by her son Ted Harrison to go shopping, then Mary and Pam proceeded to the Metz residence near the Stonewall Jackson Lake/Stonecoal Lake area to get the tires. They arrived about four p.m. according to reports, and after the tires were installed by Metz, left at six p.m. Joseph Metz was employed at the time at the Wilderness Plantation in Jane Lew, a club/restaurant, and was scheduled to work that evening. Metz, who reportedly did not have his own vehicle, declined a ride to work offered by Mary and Pam. Reports indicate that Metz did not work that evening, but did later obtain a ride to Jane Lew from two neighbors, and then hitch-hiked home. Pam Pugh reports that her sister Mary dropped her off at her Jane Lew residence about 8 to 9 p.m., and then drove herself home. Ted Harrison reports that he dropped his mother Maxine off at the Jesse's Run residence at 5 p.m. Those were the last times either of the two women were seen. Mary was supposed to pick her sister Pam Pugh up the following morning, and Pam was supposed to take Mary to work, and then use Mary's car to go Christmas shopping with Joseph Metz."

http://www.examiner.com/article/the-unsolved-mystery-of-the-two-missing-lewis-county-west-virginia-women

If I was the police I'd offer one man a reduced sentence for info on the location of the bodies. Maybe Hughes will twig to it because he didn't actually kill them. (or maybe they were taken to his restaurant & killed there & by him!)

LadyL
09-20-2013, 10:51 PM
anyone have any more info on what illegal activities they were engaged in?

Paulette
09-21-2013, 12:22 AM
anyone have any more info on what illegal activities they were engaged in?

I think I've read every article I could find on these people & there was never a hint of what the illegal activities were. It was something that Mary knew about, so others probably knew too. Must've been big to kill for it.

TravelingBug
09-21-2013, 01:04 AM
I think I've read every article I could find on these people & there was never a hint of what the illegal activities were. It was something that Mary knew about, so others probably knew too. Must've been big to kill for it.

Truly an odd case.

I'm anxious to hear more - and what she knew!

And I have to say that there are probably young people who will just now read about this case and be impressed that a grandma and her daughter had been documenting stuff in a 'tablet' never even thinking about the fact that in '99 it wouldn't be referring to an ipad/etc. but a paper one! :floorlaugh:

Murder, for any reason is so senseless, but I have to say, the cases where it ends up being a family member just make me feel even more sick. And that a boss managed to convince one (and another co-worker) to kill two family members just makes me sick! I wonder if he told them that they had info on him? It sort of seems like it'd be one thing if it was the son/grandson's idea, but since it apparently wasn't, it really makes me curious what convinced him to play a part in this.

scmom
09-21-2013, 01:23 AM
Here's a little information on DH and Wilderness Plantation.
http://www.psc.state.wv.us/scripts/orders/ViewDocument.cfm?CaseActivityID=67845&Source=Archives

No Stone Unturned
09-21-2013, 08:29 PM
http://www.wdtv.com/wdtv.cfm?func=view&section=5-News&item=Officials-Say-Suspects-in-Cold-Case-Should-Appear-in-Court-Soon-11887

When 5 News asked the police if the women's remains have been located they said they couldn't give an answer because the investigation is still ongoing.

Aunt_B
10-03-2013, 06:42 PM
http://www.wvah.com/newsroom/wvnews/201310032126_9783fbe.shtml

Two men have been returned to West Virginia to face charges in the 1999 slayings of two women whose bodies have never been found.

Media outlets report David Hughes and Steve Freeman were arrested in Ohio last month and were recently transported to the Central Regional Jail in Sutton.

Also facing the same charges are Mary Friend's son, 39-year-old Joseph Metz.