UPDATE: Suspect in Parkersburg woman's killing waives preliminary hearing


The case of a Parkersburg man accused of murder was bound over to Wood County Circuit Court on Thursday after Michael Leadmon waived a preliminary hearing in magistrate court, authorities said.

Leadmon, 22, faces a first-degree murder charge in the Labor Day weekend death of Karen Yeager, 68, of Parkersburg, whose body was found near the south side of the Fifth Street Bridge.

Police said she was stabbed and strangled.

According to Parkersburg Police, Leadmon and a 17-year-old juvenile allegedly broke into Yeager's home on Broad Street on Sept. 1. Her body was found early the next morning.

Police began investigating on Sept. 1 after her family reported her missing.

Leadmon continues to be held without bond in the North Central Regional Jail.

The juvenile, who hasn't been identified, was arrested after police found him driving Yeager's car.

UPDATE: 9/11/19 5:15 P.M.

A preliminary hearing for a man accused of first-degree murder in the Labor Day weekend killing of 68-year-old Parkersburg woman has been rescheduled for Sept. 19.

Michael Leadmon, 22, of Parkersburg, who continues to be held at the North Central Regional Jail, had been scheduled to appear in Wood County Magistrate Court on Tuesday, but a court official said the hearing was delayed.

Leadmon and a 17-year-old juvenile were arrested after the death of Karen Yeager, whose body was found early Sept. 2 near the south side of the Fifth Street bridge in Parkersburg. Police began investigating a day earlier after family members reported her missing

Parkersburg Police say Leadmon and the juvenile allegedly stabbed and strangled her after breaking into her home on Broad Street.

Leadmon was denied bond during an appearance in Wood County Circuit Court on Monday.

UPDATE: 9/9/19 4:50 P.M.

Michael Leadmon has been denied bond for the killing of Karen Yeager over the Labor Day weekend.

Leadmon appeared in Wood County Circuit Court Monday afternoon, where he was denied bond by Judge J.D. Beane.

Because Leadmon was on probation at the time of his arrest, he has a preliminary hearing for revocation set for Oct. 3.

He remains in custody at the North Central Regional Jail.

UPDATE: 9/3/19 6:15 P.M.

Autopsy results showed that a 68-year-old Parkersburg woman killed over the Labor Day weekend was stabbed and strangled, police said.

Parkersburg Police released the results of the autopsy conducted by the West Virginia State Medical Examiner’s Office Tuesday afternoon after a second suspect in the death of Karen Yeager was arraigned on a murder charge in Wood County Magistrate Court.

Michael Leadmon, 22, of Parkersburg, was arrested Tuesday morning at a home on Broad Street in Parkersburg. He was being taken to the North Central Regional Jail to await a preliminary hearing in magistrate court and a bond hearing in Wood County Circuit Court.

In a news release, Police Chief Joseph Martin said Leadmon and a 17-year-old juvenile, who was charged on Monday after Yeager’s body was found near the south side of the Fifth Street bridge, allegedly broke into Yeager’s home at 3805 Broad St., on Sunday.

Martin said Yeager was knocked unconscious during a confrontation with the two suspects inside the home.

“The defendants then choked her and eventually stabbed her in the neck, killing her,” Martin said.

During their initial investigation on Sunday after Yeager was reported missing by family members, Martin said police went to her home and found it unlocked. When officers went inside, they found blood near a basement door and near a washing machine, and learned from family member that Yeager's 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander was missing.

Police arrested the juvenile early Monday morning in north Parkersburg after police found him driving Yeager’s Outlander, but authorities have not revealed the charges against him.

Martin said investigators were able to locate Yeager’s body on First Avenue in south Parkersburg after the juvenile’s arrest, but he did not release details on how her body got there.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Parkersburg Police at 304-424-8444 or through the department’s Facebook page.

UPDATE: 9/3/19 4:50 P.M.

Authorities have charged a man with murder in the death of a 68-year-old Parkersburg woman, authorities said.

Michael Leadmon was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Wood County Magistrate Court in the death of Karen Yeager over the Labor Day holiday weekend, according to Prosecuting Attorney Pat Lefebure.

Parkersburg Police arrested Leadmon Tuesday morning on a misdemeanor warrant after short foot pursuit.

Police previously charged a 17-year-old juvenile in Yeager's killing.

Police Chief Joseph Martin was not available to comment on Tuesday.

We'll have more on this developing story online and during our evening newscasts as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: 9/3/2019 11:40 A.M.

Parkersburg Police arrested a man Tuesday morning wanted for questioning in the death of 68-year-old Karen Yeager.

Police Chief Joseph Martin said Michael Leadmon was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit.

He was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant and is being questioned in the death Karen Yeager, 68, of Parkersburg.

He is not facing any other charges at this time, authorities said.

A 17-year-old juvenile is already in custody in Yeager's death.

Keep checking WTAP.com and the WTAP App for the latest details.

UPDATE 9/2/2019 9:03 P.M.

Police are looking for Micheal Wayne Leadmon. He's a person of interest in a homicide case. He's wanted for questioning. If you know where he is, call 304-424-8444.

UPDATE: 9/2/2019 1:20 PM

A Parkersburg woman reported missing over the holiday weekend has been found dead, officials say.

Parkersburg Police Chief Joseph Martin tells WTAP Monday afternoon they found Yeager's body on First Avenue in South Parkersburg early Monday morning.

On Sunday, September 1, 2019, the Parkersburg Police Department responded to 3805 Broad Street to investigate a possible missing person.

Karen Yeager, 68, of Parkersburg was reported missing Sunday evening by family members. Officers were also told that the vehicle belonging to Yeager was not at the residence. Police say Yeager last spoke with family members on Saturday evening.

Investigators and crime scene technicians were called to the scene to continue the investigation and process the residence. Investigative leads were exhausted and information of the missing vehicle was disseminated to the public via social media.

Within minutes of the release, the department received information about the victim’s vehicle and the possible driver of this vehicle. Officers were able to locate the vehicle in North Parkersburg. The vehicle was located with a juvenile operating the car early Monday morning.

The driver was taken to police headquarters as well as another person to be questioned. During this process, detectives were able to ascertain the whereabouts of Karen Yeager. Detectives located the deceased body of Yeager on First Avenue in South Parkersburg.

Based on information obtained through the investigative process, Detectives arrested a 17-year-old juvenile for the murder of Yeager. The juvenile was ordered to be confined in a secured juvenile facility.

At this time, police suspect the incident stemmed from a robbery gone wrong. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone who has information about this case is asked to contact the Parkersburg Police Department, Detective Semones or Detective Sturm.


Parkersburg Police are asking for your help in finding a missing woman.

Karen Yeager was reported missing Sunday evening by family members.

Yeager last spoke with family members on Saturday evening.
Family members have tried to contact her continuously since that time, but have been unsuccessful.

She is described as a white female, 5’6” in height, weighing 110 pounds.

Yeager owns a 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Crossover, silver in color, bearing WV registration NYJ 789, that was also found to be missing from her home.

Parkersburg Police ask anyone with information about where Karen Yeager may be to contact their department at by phone at 304-424-8444, Facebook message to their page, or through their anonymous tip page online at www.pkbpolice.com