Date: September 21, 2012
Re: Two Men Charged in Death of Adams
Reference #: 12-PR-0196
After working nearly non-stop since her body was discovered, this evening at approximately 5:00 p.m., Parkersburg police detectives charged two (2) men for their alleged role in the death of Brandy Marie Adams. Adams body was found in the trunk of her own vehicle shortly before 8:00 p.m. last night at the Seventh Street Car Wash.
Arthur Allen Thornton and Victor Lee Thompson have both been charged with felony concealing a deceased human body and felony conspiracy to conceal a deceased human body.
Criminal Complaints filed in Wood County Magistrate Court allege that on or about 9-20-12, Thornton and Thompson conspired to move the body of Brandy Marie Adams from the place of her death, being #57 Meadowbrook Trailer Park, by placing it in the trunk of a vehicle and transporting it to the Seventh Street Car Wash, 1957 7th Street, with the use of illegal drugs contributing to the victim’s death.
Thornton was taken into custody early this morning in the community of Walker by the Wood County Sheriff’s Office, Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force, and West Virginia State Police, on outstanding warrants not related to Adams death. Those charges included four (4) counts of forgery and four (4) counts of uttering from the Wood County Sheriff’s Office, and one count of joy riding from the Parkersburg Police Department. With a detainer also being placed on Thornton by the Division of Parole, he was sent to the North Central Regional Jail. The new warrants are set to be faxed to the jail once signed by a Magistrate.
Thompson was brought in to the Parkersburg Police Department for questioning today after being located by the Wood County Sheriff’s Office and Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force. Following his interview, Parkersburg police detectives officially charged him for his alleged role in Adams death. Thompson will be arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court at approximately 10:00 p.m. this evening.
Adams body is currently at the State Medical Examiner’s Office with no cause of death determined as of yet. The investigation is continuing at this hour with investigators not ruling out the possibility of additional persons being charged in the case.
Contrary to rumors regarding the incident, there have been no additional deaths reported to the department. Early in the investigation, Fort Boreman Park was thought to have a connection to this alleged crime with numerous officers dispatched to that area. It was eliminated a few hours later as a potential crime scene.
Arthur Allen Thornton
Listed Address: 3509 6th Avenue, Parkersburg
Victor Lee Thompson
Listed Address: 906 ½ Tygart Street, Parkersburg
*Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.