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Slain bus driver to be laid to rest

Francis Elaine Birchfield Francis Elaine Birchfield

BRENTON (WVVA) - Funeral arrangements have been set for the Wyoming County school bus driver found murdered in her home last Tuesday.

Francis Elaine Birchfield, 60, of the Mill Creek area of Brenton will be laid to rest following a funeral service Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Brenton Church of God.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. at the church on Saturday.

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Birchfield was found dead inside her home Tuesday evening. Police say 20-year-old John New of Briar Creek had broken into Birchfield's home and was inside the residence when she returned Tuesday.

New allegedly killed Birchfield and fled the scene in her vehicle. He was arrested hours later in nearby Mingo County and charged with first-degree murder, grand larceny and daytime robbery.

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Birchfield is survived by two daughters, one son, six grandchildren, a brother and fiance, according to a published obituary.

Birchfield had been a bus driver for Wyoming County Schools for five years.

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