Parkersburg Police Dept. still active in Gretchen Fleming search, collecting evidence on case

With the search for Gretchen Fleming continuing, Parkersburg police are still working on this investigation.
With the search for Gretchen Fleming continuing, Parkersburg police are still working on this investigation.
Published: Mar. 1, 2023 at 6:01 PM EST
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - With the disappearance of Gretchen Fleming getting closer to three months, Parkersburg police Lieutenant James Stalnaker says the department is still receiving information on this case.

Not only with potential leads and tips but continuing to add to the timeline of Gretchen’s disappearance.

“Prior to December 4th, what was a day in her life like? Or week? Or month? Or months prior to that? You know, what was her normal routine?” says Lt. Stalnaker. “And it allows us sending that data off letting the people who should be analyzing it analyze it and it gives us — the investigators — time to go out, reach out to people, interview them and talk to people.”

Stalnaker says that this investigation is still active with the amount of information and digital evidence collected. And that there’s still forensic evidence at the W.Va. State police lab and other outside agencies that’s being analyzed at this time.

“We have a pretty substantial amount of data in those records that we’re getting back from search warrants,” says Lt. Stalnaker. “And not only those. We have a lot of other data. Not only from potential persons of interest, but also from Ms. Fleming’s. Her records, her social media, her Google, her banking records. And that kind of stuff.”

As of now, the timeline for Gretchen’s disappearance has remained the same. She began her night here at the Front Row Sports Bar and Grill. Where she had left her purse with her phone and wallet inside. Her last location was the My Way Lounge where she was last seen leaving with the person of interest, Preston Pierce.

Stalnaker says that although pierce has not been co-operative during this investigation, he believes the investigation is moving along with the evidence and information collected.

“You know I think we’re at a point in this case that we’re gathering a lot of information whether people are talking to us or not. And I think we’re moving forward,” says Lt. Stalnaker.

Stalnaker says that as of now there is no need for another ground search like the one in Mountwood Park, because all of the remaining locations of interest are not as large of a scale. He states that there are currently no signs of this being a case of human trafficking.

Law enforcement is aware of the concerns from the community. If you have information on Gretchen Fleming’s disappearance, call Detective Zimmerman at 304-424-1072.

For all previous Gretchen Fleming coverage, you can look below:

Parkersburg Police looking for missing woman | The first airing of when Gretchen Fleming had gone missing on Dec. 12.

Police execute multiple search warrants in search for missing woman | On Dec. 15, multiple search warrants were executed across Parkersburg and the rest of the Wood County area in search of Gretchen. One of the areas being of the person of interest’s residence.

Vienna Baptist Church holds vigil with Gretchen Fleming’s family | On the same day, a vigil was put together for Gretchen’s family at the Vienna Baptist Church. Gretchen’s uncle, Phillip talks a lot about the Gretchen and what she truly means to the family.

Chief Board provides update on search for Gretchen Fleming | On Dec. 16, Parkersburg police chief Matt Board sat with WTAP to discuss the searches the took place and the timeline of Gretchen’s disappearance. Board also goes into detail on the community’s support and everything the Parkersburg police department is doing to find Gretchen.

“This is what community is.” Locals hold vigil for missing woman | On Dec. 20, the Parkersburg community held a vigil at City Park with the Parkersburg and Vienna community, high school friends and law enforcement.

Parkersburg Police have a person of interest in the case of missing woman, Gretchen Fleming | On Dec. 29, a person of interest is identified by Parkersburg police in the Gretchen Fleming case.

Family of Gretchen Fleming is offering a reward of up to $15,000 to anyone with information about her disappearance | On Dec. 30, the Fleming family put together a reward for information on Gretchen’s whereabouts that got up to $15 thousand.

Police give update on Gretchen Fleming case - Look for this car in your surveillance footage | On the same day, police provide information of the car that was used by the person of interest the night Gretchen went missing. It is a black Nissan Rogue Sport with Darth Vader stickers, an Outer Banx sticker and a Pittsburgh Penguins vanity plate cover. Police are wanting residents in the area to look at their surveillance footage for anything showing this specific car.

Gretchen Fleming’s father: “I want my little girl home” | On Jan. 3, Gretchen’s father, David spoke about Gretchen and how much he misses his daughter. He also talks about the support from the community and law enforcement during this time.

Parkersburg Police Dept. return to search the person of interest’s house, Fleming family want community to continue helping the authorities | With a second round of search warrants being executed on Jan. 4, David Fleming wants the community to continue helping law enforcement in looking for Gretchen.

Those who saw Gretchen Fleming last remember her | On Jan. 5, WTAP gets a chance to speak with the two employees from Front Row Sports Bar & Grill — the first bar the night Gretchen went missing — about the night and morning of Gretchen’s disappearance. WTAP also got a confirmation on Preston Pierce being the person of interest in this case.

Police do not believe remains found are connected to search for Gretchen Fleming | After a report by a national media outlet indirectly linking human remains to Gretchen Fleming’s case on Jan. 6, WTAP speaks with both the Ohio County Sheriff and Chief Board to debunk this link.

Reward for information on Gretchen Fleming increased to $65,000 | On Jan. 7, the reward money for information on Gretchen is raised to $65 thousand through the help of anonymous businesses in the area.

A sit down with Gretchen Fleming’s friend | Gretchen Fleming’s high school friend talks about her impact on his life | WTAP sits down with one of Gretchen’s high school friends, Jake Grim. Grim discusses the community work that is going into this investigation as well as discussing Gretchen and wanting to see her back.

Parkersburg police continue search for Gretchen Fleming | On the one-month anniversary of Gretchen’s missing person’s case being filed, Chief Board says that he is wanting the public to continue to provide as much information as possible to help with this case.

And for all coverage involving the ground search in Feb. 4th, you can look below:

Parkersburg PD to hold a search for Gretchen Fleming this Saturday

Fleming family keeps Gretchen in mind with search coming this Saturday

Parkersburg Police Dept. looking to get a maximum of 300 volunteers for the Gretchen Fleming search

Ground search for Gretchen Fleming takes place at Mountwood Park

Businesses and good Samaritans donate to Gretchen Fleming ground search

Parkersburg Police Dept. looking into items found for evidence value to investigation

The Fleming family wants to keep the focus on Gretchen going