On Sunday, September 1, 2019, at 1838 hours the Parkersburg Police Department responded to 3805 Broad Street to investigate a possible missing person. Officers arrived on scene and spoke to family members who advised that Karen Yeager, 68, the resident, had not been seen on this date. Officers were also told that the vehicle belonging to Ms. Yeager was not at the residence.
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. At approximately 0008 hours on 9/2, the vehicle was located with a juvenile operating the car.
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 Ms. 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 Ms. Yeager. The juvenile was ordered to be confined in a secured juvenile facility. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone who has information about this case is asked to contact the Parkersburg Police Department, Detective Semones or Detective Sturm.