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Girl, 17, arrested in quadruple Kanawha County murder, second juvenile charged

Published: Dec. 16, 2020 at 6:22 PM EST
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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A 17-year-old girl has been arrested and charged in the deaths of four family members whose bodies were found Sunday in Elkview, Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford said Wednesday.

He said the girl is charged with four counts of first-degree murder. A 16-year-old boy faces similar charges in the case.

Rutherford said the two know one another, but he can’t jeopardize the case by commenting further.

“This is not the typical case that we have where we have adults involved and because, they’re juveniles, we’re restricted by code,” said Sheriff Rutherford. “We certainly don’t want to do anything that would cause a problem down the road with any possible prosecution on it.”

The murders happened Sunday at a home in the 1300 block of Cemetery Hill Drive.

The victims were 37-year-old Daniel Dale Long, 39-year-old Risa Mae Saunders, 12-year-old Gage Ripley and 3-year old Jameson Long.

Their bodies were found by a relative. All had been shot, according to the sheriff.

He said “the public has no reason to be concerned about anything” regarding additional violence.

“At this point we don’t see any reason to suspect that anybody else would be involved in this, the public has no reason to be concerned about anything.”

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