Wyoming County Report

Local News

May 21, 2012

Police: Oceana case is murder

Authorities were still searching the crime scene near Oceana Tuesday afternoon after a body was discovered in a swimming pool Friday, May 11.

The case is being treated as a homicide, according to Wyoming County Sheriff Randall Aliff.

Evidence collected from the scene is currently being processed, Aliff said.

Identification found on the body belonged to Chester Stewart, who had not been seen since Aug. 6.

“Due to the decomposition of the body, we’ll have to wait on the medical examiner for an official ID,” Aliff emphasized.

The sheriff said “an individual spotted the body in a swimming pool.” The house had been empty for some time, he explained.

“We were on the scene until early Saturday morning,” Aliff said.

The State Police Crime Scene Unit processed the scene, the sheriff said.

Oceana’s volunteer fire department was also on scene for several hours.

Stewart, who was 49 at the time of his disappearance, had been missing for several weeks before his family reported him missing, Aliff said.

He had a habit of leaving for several weeks without telling anyone, which is why there wasn’t an earlier report filed, Aliff explained.

He was among four people who went missing from the Oceana and Matheny areas last summer.

The investigations have been ongoing since the first disappearance and will continue, Aliff emphasized.

Two people are still missing, according to authorities.

Brian David Cook, 37, was last seen July 28 when he was left at the Lynco Post Office by someone who had driven him to Boone County earlier in the day.

Cook is 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighs about 185 pounds, has brown hair and hazel eyes. He has surgical scars on the inside of both forearms.

When he went missing, Cook was carrying a large amount of cash, according to authorities.

Sherry Myers, 34, was last seen in mid-August talking to someone in a pickup truck at Oceana Apartments, according to Aliff.

Myers is 5 feet, 7 inches tall, weighs about 170 pounds, and has short black hair, Aliff said. She has a butterfly tattoo on one arm.

The remains of Rachel Michelle Toler, 37, who had not been seen since Aug. 9, were found in a secluded area of Matheny in October. The state Medical Examiner’s office did not release the official identification until February.

Anyone with information concerning any of the cases is urged to contact the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department at 304-732-8000.

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