WV - Cherice Gwinn-Stephens, 23, Beckley, 1 Oct 1993

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    "Her husband refused to take a lie detector test in her case, and filed for divorce a month after she disappeared. Stephens's case remains unsolved."

    Now, gee, I wonder if her ex might know what happened to her. Sounds like a saint.

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/s/stephens_angela.html
     
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    WV Church Refuses To Assist In Missing Woman's Investigation


    http://westvirginianews.blogspot.com/2008/11/wv-church-refuses-to-assist-in-missing.html

    As you turn onto Breckenridge road in Bolt WV and begin driving along the blacktop road, you quickly see 8 X 11 sheets of paper containing a picture of a young woman and the words “Missing” at the top and “Murdered” along the bottom. Tacked to every phone pole and tree for miles, these posters are a constant reminder of another missing and or murdered young woman in this small community.
    Angela "Cherice" Gwinn Stephens was born on June 27, 1970. She has been missing from her home since October 1, 1993. The official report says that 23 year old “Cherice” was last seen dropping her husband, Norman Stephens at work and then drove away in their car. Mr. Stephens says his wife “just left” that day and has never returned. He refused to take a polygraph exam to rule him out as a person of interest. Stephens’s family members say she just up and left leaving everything behind. No one has seen, heard from or knows the whereabouts of this young woman who supposedly decided one day to leave everyone she loved and drop off the radar forever.
    One month after Cherice allegedly disappeared, her husband filed for divorce.
    According to a private investigator hired by Cherice’s father, she may not have dropped her husband at work that day. Local area residents and surrounding communities also tell a different story.
    The investigator, hired by Tom Gwinn, reportedly discovered evidence that casts doubt that her husband even worked on the day of the disappearance and that the car in question had actually been sold to a man in Charleston. Close family members said that Cherice was very much a “daddy’s girl” and would never, ever, just up and leave. They were just too close for her to leave town without talking to him first, especially for 15 years.
    The most disturbing part of this case…
    Church officials at the Breckenridge Missionary Baptist Church refused to allow authorities onto the property and dig up a section of a newly blacktopped part of the property and or pump out the churches new septic tank that was supposedly open during this time. Tom Gwinn Jr, Cherice’s brother, offered to pay to excavate and replace the property himself but he was denied access. "The church said if we wanted to dig, get a warrant." Without probable cause, they cant move forward.



    More at link
     
  5. MadeaBecBec

    MadeaBecBec "The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's

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    These links have more details about Ms. Stephens, the statement about her husband refusing a lie detector and divorcing her a mere month after, well, kind of makes my suspicion bell ring, pretty loudly! IMO! The husband (or ex now) should be looked at more closely, with all the prosecutions these days, of murderers w/o a body, well, it could happen. I wonder if co-workers actually saw Cherice drop him off at work....just sayin'
    Beautiful lady, too! These other links give her full name Angela Cherice Gwinn-Stephens.
    Here's the links: http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/s/stephens_angela.html and http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/927dfwv.html
     
  6. MadeaBecBec

    MadeaBecBec "The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's

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    Details from Doe Network:
    Angela Cherice Gwinn Stephens
    Missing since October 1, 1993 from Beckley, Raleigh County, West Virginia.
    Classification: Endangered Missing


    Vital Statistics

    Date Of Birth: June 27, 1970
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 23 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'1; 105 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde hair; blue eyes. Stephens wears contact lenses.
    Marks, Scars: Scar on nose, double pierced ears.
    Jewelry: She was wearing a one-karat diamond and gold band at the time of her disappearance.
    AKA: Cherice.

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Stephens was last seen in Beckley, West Virginia on October 1, 1993. She dropped her husband off at his place of employment in the 200 block of George Street in the Industrial Park area of Beckley during the day.

    NCIC Number: M-767083600
    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

    West Virginia State Police
    304-647-7600

    Charley Project details state "Her husband refused to take a lie detector test in her case, and filed for divorce a month after she disappeared.":mad:
     
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    MadeaBecBec "The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's

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    Umanforever: This is really weird, but wonderful, looks like we were posting alot of the same stuff at the same time! I was doing and ancestry search, trying to find out her husbands name, found it, I believed! Decided to wait before posting, to see if I could find divorce records. Posted what I found and see that you had posted!! Thanks for the article link, it confirmed the husbands name for me!! :woohoo:

    I'll come back tomorrow and post what I find....
     
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    The husband seems highly suspicious denying a lie detector and then a month later filing for divorce. I hope LE took a good look at him.

    I also can't believe the church wouldn't allow them to dig on the property, even after Cherice's brother offered to pay for it.
     
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    Hello fellow former Beckley/ Grandview native here..... I have been trying to find more out about this girl..... anyone know where she went to high school?
    Has anyone made contact with her family?

    This case has had me stumped since I joined Websleuths and got into this stuff.
     
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    www.westvirginianews.blogspot.com/


    Posted by West Virginia News at 6:05 PM 22 comments [​IMG] [​IMG]



    Wednesday, November 12, 2008

    WV Church Refuses To Assist In Missing Woman's Investigation


    [​IMG]Why Did Church Pastor Refuse To Cooperate In Missing Raleigh County Woman’s Investigation??
    by Sam Webber & Jack Swint..... westvirginianews@gmail.com

    “When I enter Heaven I’ll know exactly what happened to her” believed Thomas Gwinn, father of missing Bolt WV native Angela Gwinn Stephens. Mr. Gwinn passed away March 5th, 2008. Most people said he died from grieving over not knowing what happened to his daughter.…..
    As you turn onto Breckenridge road in Bolt WV and begin driving along the blacktop road, you quickly see 8 X 11 sheets of paper containing a picture of a young woman and the words “Missing” at the top and “Murdered” along the bottom. Tacked to every phone pole and tree for miles, these posters are a constant reminder of another missing and or murdered young woman in this small community.
    Angela "Cherice" Gwinn Stephens was born on June 27, 1970. She has been missing from her home since October 1, 1993. The official report says that 23 year old “Cherice” was last seen dropping her husband, Norman Stephens at work and then drove away in their car. Mr. Stephens says his wife “just left” that day and has never returned. He refused to take a polygraph exam to rule him out as a person of interest. Stephens’s family members say she just up and left leaving everything behind. No one has seen, heard from or knows the whereabouts of this young woman who supposedly decided one day to leave everyone she loved and drop off the radar forever.
    One month after Cherice allegedly disappeared, her husband filed for divorce.
    According to a private investigator hired by Cherice’s father, she may not have dropped her husband at work that day. Local area residents and surrounding communities also tell a different story.
    The investigator, hired by Tom Gwinn, reportedly discovered evidence that casts doubt that her husband even worked on the day of the disappearance and that the car in question had actually been sold to a man in Charleston. Close family members said that Cherice was very much a “daddy’s girl” and would never, ever, just up and leave. They were just too close for her to leave town without talking to him first, especially for 15 years.
    The most disturbing part of this case…
    Church officials at the Breckenridge Missionary Baptist Church refused to allow authorities onto the property and dig up a section of a newly blacktopped part of the property and or pump out the churches new septic tank that was supposedly open during this time. Tom Gwinn Jr, Cherice’s brother, offered to pay to excavate and replace the property himself but he was denied access. "The church said if we wanted to dig, get a warrant." Without probable cause, they cant move forward.
    According to several area residents and Gwinn family members say preacher Dewey Lowe would not allow anyone to dig up the property. There was a closed door meeting between the preacher and head trustee Tom Harmon (who is related to the husband, & former Trap Hill Middle School Principle) about letting the property be searched. When they emerged, preacher Lowe said “no.” Questions quickly spread throughout the area as to why the church refused to allow the small portion of property to be dug up. Lifetime resident Eddy Lester, who lived next door to the church at the time, allowed authorities to pump out his septic tank. When asked what he thought about the churches refusal he said, “Sure looks suspicious to me.”
    Freddy Trump agreed with his friend Eddy. Trump also reflected back to at least two other deaths close by the church. In or about 1957, a young teenager named Leon Stephens was found dead in a small pond of water behind the church property. His school books were found at the pond beside his neatly folded clothes. Authorities speculated the young boy decided to go swimming after school and somehow must have experienced severe cramps and drowned. The water was approx. 5 feet deep. Ironically, Leon was the grandson of deacon Jake Stephens.
    Also, just as mysterious as Cherice disappearing, another woman, Joann Honaker disappeared from the area sometime in 1971. Search parties were formed and the entire area was extensively searched on a Friday and Saturday for the woman, but to no avail.
    According to Mr. Trump, her husband, Dennis Dvorak told people that she had run off towards Cleveland Ohio. Dvorak allegedly went to Ohio a few days later after his wife but came home on a Friday and told friends he didn’t find her. The next morning her body was found propped up beside a tree near the cemetery and the Breckenridge church. Search parties had just combed that exact area the day before, they say her body was not there then. That case has also gone unsolved.
    Years of speculation, hundreds of posters and the Gwinns determination have kept the story of Cherice alive. The posters are being kept up to date by her brother. But, witnesses say Stephens’s family members are tearing them down. One story being told is how Cherice was actually last seen with church leader Tom Harmon. Neighbors near Harmon Lane allege that they saw him and Cherice together the day of her disappearance and that he was escorting her with his hand on her arm.
    In 1993, Sheriff Lavender conducted an investigation with the facts that they had. Reports even surfaced that Norman Stephens grandmother knew what actually happened but refused to answer deputies questions with anything helpful. Lavenders men tried to gather enough evidence to get the church property searched, but there just was not enough. With the husband refusing to take a polygraph and no actual evidence of foul play, they hit a dead end.
    Everyone this author spoke to feels the same about one thing. Why would a true, god fearing preacher hesitate at all on allowing the property from being examined? Especially when it had to do with the possibility of foul play. “It makes absolutely no sense at all unless they are hiding something.” It’s been 15 years now, maybe someone should re-visit the church and examine the property once and for all to finally put it to rest if something, or someone is buried there.
    The only real facts anyone knows for sure is Angela “Cherice” Gwinn disappeared off the face of the earth on or about October 1, 1993. She left behind her entire world as she knew it and a father who began grieving himself to death from the minute she was gone. No one has seen, heard or understood would could be so terrible that could force a 23 year old small town girl to just walk away from her life. No one we spoke to holds out any hope that she is still alive. One person said that she has heard stories of people who just vanish forever, but those individuals were wanted by the police. “They had to run and hide.”
    If anyone knows anything whatsoever about Cherice, or anyone who may be associated with her disappearance, you are asked to call WV State Police Trooper David Williams at 304-256-6700
    Investigators ask not to discount any information you may have as being of no importance. Your help in this case could lead them to her whereabouts.
    Date Of Birth: June 27, 1970
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 23 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'1; 105 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde hair; blue eyes.
    Marks, Scars: Scar on nose, double pierced ears.
    Jewelry: She was wearing a one-karat diamond and gold band at the time of her disappearance.
    AKA: Cherice
    As of the writing of this story, Norman Stephens hired an attorney and has also disappeared from Bolt WV. He is believed to be living in the Smith Mountain Lake area of Virginia. He left WV after intense questioning by authorities and Tom Gwinn Jr.
    Tom Gwinn Jr. also says the State Police have turned up their investigation and have also been using trained cadaver search dogs in the Bolt area. They have actually had some very promising success, that he can not divulge at this time.....
    End of story....
     
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    I work in Beckley and have been familiar with this story for some time. So glad to see that she is remembered and people are still working to bring her home. What a beautiful young lady....sadly, in this day and age, we have learned that in most of these cases, it's the spouse that did it...I hope justice is served!!
     
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    Cherice attended Mount Hope High School. I was one of her classmates. She was a beautiful, intelligent, vibrant girl.

    Her family has been involved with her case from the very beginning. Her brother, Tommy Jr., is still actively pursuing leads. Her father passed away in 2008.
     
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    There could be a huge break in a cold case investigation that goes back seventeen years. After more than a decade of questions, police may be closer to some answers in the disappearance of Angela Cherice Gwinn Stephens.

    State police say it was a search warrant issued on Monday that called for some demolition work on a building in Crab Orchard. But, that work took an unexpected turn as workers said that they saw what appeared to be human remains as they tore a building down. State Police have not confirmed what, if anything, was found at the site, but did indicate that some evidence collected on site has been sent to the state medical examiner's office.

    http://www.statejournal.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=77313
     
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    Have there been any updates on the excavation of the property that was done? Most people seem to think she was found, but I have seen nothing official...
     
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    Bump

    October 1st of this year will mark the 17th year that Cherice has been missing. Come home soon.
     
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    It's been a year, shouldn't they know by know who that was?
     
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    Came across this missing woman on the WV's most wanted list. I read an article earlier today linking the church/pastor's family in connection with three other bodies found on/near property. I would be digging up that piece of blacktop that was newly laid when she was reported missing.
     
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    New post on NamUs. Wonder why not ruled out for Cherice

    https://identifyus.org/en/cases/10913

    Raleigh County, West Virginia
    27 to 33 year old White Female Found Nov 24, 1993

    Cherice missing Oct 1, 1993
     

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