Unsolved Mysteries: Remains of Missing Mother and Daughter Found after 24 Years – West Virginia Case

2024-04-23 16:09:52

Authorities say the remains believed to be those of a woman and her daughter who hadn’t been seen in decades were found at a southern West Virginia home the same day a suspect died

BECKLEY, W.Va. – Remains believed to be those of a woman and her daughter who had not been seen in nearly 24 years were found at a home in southern West Virginia on the same day the girl’s suspected killer died while in the prison was. police said.

Susan Carter and her daughter, Natasha “Alex” Carter, have not been seen since August 8, 2000. Members of the state police and the FBI found what they believe to be their remains at the West Virginia home of suspect Larry Webb on Monday, Robert Maddy, Capt. state police, said in a statement.

Webb, who was in his 80s, suffered a medical episode Monday at the Mount Olive Correctional Complex, where he was being held without bond after being arrested earlier this month in connection with the girl’s death. Webb was pronounced dead at a hospital six hours before the remains were discovered, the statement said.

When they went missing, Susan Carter, 41, was in a contentious custody battle with Natasha’s father, telling him he would never see his 10-year-old daughter again, according to an FBI pamphlet from the time. Carter and her daughter were believed to be living in Webb’s home when they disappeared, news outlets reported.

The FBI announced a renewed push for answers in the case in 2021. Police executed search warrants at Webb’s home in 2022 and 2023, and authorities said they found additional evidence in the investigation.

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During one of those searches, Webb told news outlets he didn’t know what happened to the girl and didn’t know when he last saw her.

“I don’t remember,” Webb said. “I have dementia. I can’t say exactly.”

Raleigh County Prosecutor Ben Hatfield told WVNS-TV that Webb allegedly noticed his finances were out of whack and that a violent domestic situation had developed.

Webb was charged last October on a charge of murder in the girl’s disappearance and is being held at a medical facility, according to WVVA-TV. He was then arrested on April 12 after being medically released from prison, Hatfield said.

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