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Suspect arrested in Lewis County cold case

September 19, 2013
By John Wickline - Upshur Bureau Chief , The Inter-Mountain

A long-time suspect in the 1999 disappearance of two Lewis County women was arrested late Wednesday night and charged with causing their deaths.

Joseph Metz, 39, is being held in the Central Regional Jail in lieu of a $250,000. He faces two counts each of murder, robbery and kidnapping.

Mary Friend, 45, and Maxine Stalnaker, 69, were reported missing in 1999, and Friend's car was later found in Harrison County. Metz is the son of Friend and the grandson of Stalnaker.

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A press conference with the Lewis County Sheriff's Department is scheduled for later today.



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