Hunt for missing West Virginia woman turns to ‘large-scale’ search as police ‘need bodies’ to help
West Virginia police need volunteers to help in law enforcement’s “large-scale” search this weekend for Gretchen Fleming, who has been missing for two months after leaving a bar with a man.
Fleming, 28, was reported missing by her family on December 12, but has not been seen since leaving the Parkersburg Bar My Way Lounge with a man during the night hours of December 3-4.
Police said they have a person of interest and he was seen in the bar with Fleming that night, but they have not confirmed his identity.
Parkersburg Police said they needed “fit volunteers” to help with the search, which is scheduled for Saturday between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m
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“We have received several questions about bringing K9s, horses and quadricycles/side by side. Currently we only need corpses to help with the search. We appreciate everyone’s responses and helpfulness,” Parkersburg Police Department wrote on Facebook.
“Participation will involve strenuous work in rough, wooded terrain and potentially cold and wet weather,” police said on Facebook.
Parkersburg police Lt. James Stalnaker told Fox News Digital in an interview in late December that the man who left the bar with Fleming had given “conflicting” statements to police.
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Fleming lives with her grandmother in Vienna, West Virginia, about 15 minutes’ drive from the bar.
But Fleming doesn’t drive and came to the My Way Lounge earlier that night on December 3 with another person, police said, but she left without her purse, which contained her phone, debit and credit cards, but she never returned back to get her things back.
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Additional surveillance footage police pieced together from various cameras shows the man’s car pulled up towards his home about two miles from the bar. Police have executed search warrants on his home, car and electronics.
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Anyone with information is urged to contact Lead Detective James Zimmerman at 304-424-1072 or the Parkersburg Police Department at 304-424-8444 and reference case #P2207164.
Police are particularly interested in speaking with anyone who communicated with Fleming between the evening of December 3 and the early hours of December 4.