James Kiser, 40, of Kenna, West Virginia, has been taken into custody after Kanawha County deputies said they supposedly located the body of Crystal Dawn Kiser, a woman from Jackson County, who has been missing for nearly a month, according to WCHS-TV reported.

Sheriff Mike Rutherford said on Thursday, Sept. 5, that James Kiser, Crystal Dawn Kiser’s husband, had been arrested after confessing to murdering her. He was arraigned Friday afternoon. 

During an interview at the sheriff’s office, James admitted to killing Crystal during an argument while at her grandmother’s house near Sissonville. He took her body to a remote location in Kentuck in Jackson County and buried her body in a shallow grave. Detectives are currently at the scene collecting evidence.

“The body has not been postiviely identified as her, however, we have full confidence that it is her due to his statements that were given to the detectives,” Rutherford said at a news conference on Friday.

After the sheriff’s office got a report on Aug. 11 that 37-year-old Crystal was missing, many agencies were involved in the investigation: Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office, Kanawha Bureau of Investigations, St. Albans Police Department, South Charleston Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, West Virginia K-9 Search and Rescue, West Virginia Division of Forestry, and Charleston Area Medical Center Security Department.

“We are sad that it turned out this way but we’re glad that we’re able to bring closure to her family and let them know where she is and that justice hopefully will be served,” Rutherford said.

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