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UPDATE: Motive, more details released in 2-year-old murder case

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UPDATE: Sergeant Maddy of the West Virginia State Police tells WVVA that robbery is what police believe to be the motive behind a murder that happened nearly 2 years ago.

Oscar Ross Combs Jr., 21, of Herndon was arrested Tuesday evening in Mullens and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Summers County native James "Bo" Butler in April 2011.

Combs' father, Oscar Sr. was arrested Monday on the same charge. Police say they arrested Combs Jr. using the same information that led to his father's arrest.

Investigators say both men have admitted some kind of involvement in Butler's death.

Maddy says Oscar Combs Sr. and Butler worked together. Butler was last seen on his way to work in Wyoming County, and then 2 weeks later police found his body off Crumpler Road in Herndon.

Sgt. Maddy is working with the investigating officer, Corporal Reed, in solving the case. He says the investigation has spanned multiple counties, and isn't over yet.

So far, Maddy says they can't release more details about how the murder happened, or whether others will be charged, for fear of jeopardizing the investigation.

Both Combs Sr. and Combs Jr. are behind held in Southern Regional Jail without bond.

 

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MULLENS (WVVA) - A Wyoming County man has joined his father behind bars after also being charged in the murder of James "Bo" Butler.

Oscar Ross Combs Jr., 21, of Herndon was arrested Tuesday evening in Mullens and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Butler in 2011.

Combs' father, Oscar Sr. was arrested Monday on the same charge. Police say they arrested Combs Jr. using the same information that led to his father's arrest.

Investigators say both men have admitted some kind of involvement in Butler's death.

Butler vanished in April 2011 after leaving his Summers County home for work in Wyoming County. His body was found two weeks later on Crumpler Road in Herndon.

Combs Jr. is also being held without bond at Southern Regional Jail.

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UPDATE: Police have arrested a man in connection with a murder case that began in 2011.

First Sergeant Michael Baylous with the West Virginia State Police says Oscar "Ross" Combs was arrested, accused of murder in the disappearance of Summers County resident James "Bo" Butler back in April 2011.

Combs was arrested at a store in Bud, close to his home on Bud Mountain.

Police said in a press conference Tuesday evening that new leads took them to Combs, and enough probable cause was found to arrest him and charge him with first degree murder over Butler's death.

Police were digging for evidence at Combs' home Tuesday. They tell WVVA they did recover some new evidence, but would not disclose what kind of evidence it was.

We also asked police if they can connect Combs to any other deaths, but they say they won't release any information on that at this time.

Neighbors and other Bud residents tell WVVA they did not suspect Combs could be capable of something like this.

The investigation is on-going and rapidly changing. We will keep you updated on-air and online as the story develops.

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HINTON, W. Va (WVVA)-- First Sergeant Michael Baylous with the West Virginia State Police says an arrest has been made in a murder case that began in 2011.

State Police in Hinton arrested Oscar Ross Combs in connection with the disappearance of Summers County resident James "Bo" Butler, which happened back on April 5, 2011.

Two weeks after his disappearance, police had recovered his body on Crumpler Road in Wyoming County.

During their investigation, probable cause was found to arrest Combs on a first-degree murder charge in the case, Baylous said Tuesday.

Combs was arrested Monday and is currently in Southern Regional Jail.

Baylous says the investigation is ongoing.

Combs is being held without bond at Southern Regional Jail.

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