Man charged with murder after death of missing WV man in March, Franklin County authorities say

Roanoke Valley News

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — More than three months after the death of a missing West Virginia man in Franklin County, authorities announced that a Roanoke man is facing a murder charge.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, a 911 call came in at approximately 1:15 p.m. on March 29 from a landlord after he found his tenant dead in the 6000 block of Bethlehem Road in Boones Mill.

The sheriff’s office identified the victim as 58-year-old William Kirk Odell, who was reported missing in West Virginia by a family member.

On April 1, authorities announced 35-year-old Jessica Blair Hiner and 37-year-old Maurice Allen Jones were considered persons of interest in connection with Odell’s death.

Hiner and Jones — both from Roanoke — were recently incarcerated on unrelated charges and were still in custody as of April 1, officials said at the time.

According to the sheriff’s office, the victim’s vehicle — a 2011 White Dodge Durango — was found unoccupied in Roanoke on March 29.

On Tuesday, July 13, Franklin County authorities announced that investigators had served Jones with one count of second-degree murder in connection with Odell’s homicide. Jones is reportedly being held without bond at the Roanoke City Jail.

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