81°F
Sponsored by

Body dumped in river after man is stabbed to death

Three people have been arrested in Hampshire County after police say a man was stabbed to death and his body was then dumped in the Cacapon River Thursday.
SLANESVILLE, W.Va. -- Three people have been arrested in Hampshire County after police say a man was stabbed to death and his body was then dumped in the Cacapon River Thursday.

Capon Bridge residents John Shoemaker, 21, Mandy O’Hara, 36, and Gabriella Clutter, 21, were all arrested Thursday. Shoemaker and O’Hara were charged with first degree murder and Clutter was charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

Mandy O’Hara is the estranged wife of the victim, Michael O’Hara. She was also charged with burglary, according to a press release from the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office.

Police say the investigation began Thursday when 911 dispatchers received a call around 5:30 a.m. regarding a man’s body lying near Hickory Corner Road.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing a car in the area and provided officers a description.

Further investigation led to officers recovering Michael O’Hara’s body in the Cacapon River, which is just a few miles from his home on Hickory Corner Road.

Police have not released a motive for the crime and also declined to provide details about the body’s transportation to the river after witnesses initially reported spotting the man near a roadway.

Officers say they identified suspects after speaking with witnesses and members of O’Hara’s family. It’s believed that O’Hara was murdered at his home and then his body was eventually transported to the river by at least two of the suspects.

A press released did not specify which suspects are accused of transporting the body to the river.

All three suspects were transported to the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail and were processed around 8:45 p.m. Thursday. O’Hara and Shoemaker are being held without bond. Clutter’s bond was set at $10,000, cash only.

Police say the investigating is on-going, but they do not suspect that anyone else was involved.

Page: [[$index + 1]]
comments powered by Disqus

More Headlines