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UPDATE: Suspect's name released in Greenbrier homicide case

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GREENBRIER COUNTY, WV (WVVA) -

The Greenbrier County Sheriff's Office has now released the name of the suspect involved in the murder investigation of Shaela McCoy Abren.

Thomas Ray Dunbar, age 37, Frankford, WV was booked in South Central Regional Jail on unrelated charges. 

During the course of the investigation into Abren's death,  officers uncovered that Thomas Dunbar may have been involved in the December 17, 2017 shots fired incident that occurred at the Go-Mart on Harper Road in Raleigh County. Click here to read a previous report. He also faces charges in Kanawha County. 

Dunbar will be charged with Abren's murder.

You may recall, the body of Chastity Faye Hamm, 24, of White Sulphur Springs was found in a shallow grave two days after investigators found Abren. Though Abren's body was found first, investigators said Hamm was the initial murder victim. 

Stick with WVVA on air and online for the latest details into this investigation 


--Post by Paul Hess

Deputies in Greenbrier County believe two homicide investigations are connected.

The body of Shaela Lynn Abren, 32, of Raleigh County was found on Thursday, January 18 behind a vacant home near Blue Bend off Route 92

Two days later, the body of Chastity Faye Hamm, 24, of White Sulphur Springs was found in a shallow grave near Blue Bend. Hamm's body was located in mountainous area of the National Forest.

In a news conference held Wednesday, investigators said "the cause and manner of death was consistent" in each homicide. The details behind the two murders are limited.

Though Abren's body was found first, investigators said Hamm was the initial murder victim. 

A suspect is in custody on an unrelated charge. Investigators are withholding his identity at this time.

"I want to dispel a rumor that has been circulating in the community regarding the dismemberment of a body,"  said Sheriff Bruce Sloan. "Those rumors are totally false and no dismemberment occurred with either victim."

The investigation is being handled by the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Office with assistance from members of the Greenbrier County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, West Virginia State Police, White Sulphur Springs Police Dept. and the Greenbrier County Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

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