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UPDATE: Man suspected in quadruple murder had drug debt

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Court documents show a West Virginia man suspected of killing two adults and two young children owed a drug debt to one of the victims and had been sentenced to prison five years ago in another drug dispute.

James Roy Belknap was arrested in Nicholas County at a police roadblock Monday following a three-day manhunt.

State Police say the bodies of Steven Hendrix, his girlfriend, Amber Martin, and two children, ages 4 and 6, were found Saturday on Belknap's property. It's about one mile from where Hendrix's van was discovered Friday night.

State Police Sgt. D.A. Evans says an investigation found Belknap owed Hendrix money for drugs "and they had been fighting about the payment."

Belknap is being held at the Central Regional Jail. He has requested a public defender.

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SUMMERSVILLE (WVVA)-- Police have arrested the man who they believe killed a Greenbrier County family last week.

According to First Sgt. Michael Bayless of the West Virginia State Police, James Belknap was being driven by 53-year-old Mark Haynes in a Chevy S-10 on Brushy Creek Road in Carl, when the two were stopped at a police checkpoint.

The two were stopped just miles away from where police found the bodies that Belknap is accused of murdering.

Belknap is being charged with four counts of first degree murder.

Haynes is being charged on one county of obstructing an officer and one count of accessory to murder after the fact.

The two are being arraigned in Nicholas County.

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SUMMERSVILLE (WVVA)--- Police have the man who is wanted in the quadruple murder of a Greenbrier County family in custody.

James Roy Belknap was arrested by police on Monday.

As of now, details of the arrest have not been released.

There is a 6:30 press conference at the West Virginia State Police Summersville detachment scheduled for 6:30 P.M.

Stay tuned to WVVA News for the latest.

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NICHOLAS COUNTY (WVVA) - The West Virginia State Police released this press release about the murder of four missing persons:

On Monday, May 21, 2012, Sergeant D. A. Evans received a missing person complaint at the Rainelle Detachment from the complainant, Cheyenne Hendrix.  Ms. Hendrix advised that her father, Steven Hendrix, his girlfriend, Amber Martin, and his two children (ages 6 and 4) had not been seen since Saturday, May 19, 2012.  As a result of this information, Sergeant Evans initiated a missing persons investigation and had the subjects and their missing vehicle, a 2003 Chevy Venture van, entered into NCIC. 
 
On Friday evening, May 25, 2012, an individual contacted the Nicholas County Office of Emergency Services about locating an abandoned vehicle off of Brushy Meadow Creek Road, near Carl, in Nicholas County.  Members of the Nicholas County Sheriff's Department and the West Virginia State Police responded and determined it to be Mr. Hendrix vehicle.  No one was found around the vehicle, however, the condition of it, indicated foul play had been involved.
 
On Saturday evening, May 26, 2012, while executing a search warrant, members of the West Virginia State Police located four bodies in a wooded area approximately 1 mile from where the missing vehicle was found.  These bodies are believed to be those of the missing persons.
 
At this time, the West Virginia State Police have identified James Roy Belknap as a suspect.  Mr. Belknap's whereabouts are unknown.  He may be operating a white Ford F-150, or a Chevrolet Monte Carlo (color unknown).  If located please contact the West Virginia State Police.   

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RAINELLE (WVVA) - A murder has been confirmed in Greenbrier County. Officials say that it took place on the Western end of Greenbrier. The Trooper Andy Evans of the West Virginia State Police are investigating the case.

Unofficial reports say that there could be three potential murder victims. A press release will be held at the State Police barracks in Beckley tonight at 9:30.

WVVA will provide more details as they develop.

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