A Florida man has been arrested and charged with a murder that happened more than a year ago in Marietta - but wasn't discovered until recently.
Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said Landon Curtis Evans, 25, of Lake County, Fla., was arrested on a charge of first-degree murder Thursday in Florida. Four local officers - two agents of the Major Crimes Task Force, a sheriff's deputy and a Marietta police officer were in Florida for the arrest.
A press conference is planned for 11 a.m. today at the Washington County Courthouse to provide more details on the case.
Mincks said the homicide occurred on June 4, 2008.
"The victim was killed by two different people, and neither of them said anything until recently," Mincks said. "The body was disposed of."
The sheriff declined to release the names of either the victim or the individual who revealed the murder, saying more would be explained at today's press conference. He did say Thursday that the person who informed police is already incarcerated on other charges.
Search warrants were executed Thursday at 1096 Colegate Drive in Marietta, as well as at the Wayne National Forest, two storage units in St. Marys, W.Va., and in Lake County, the sheriff said. At least one reason for the searches was an effort to locate the victim's remains.
Evans is due in court at 9 a.m. in Florida for arraignment.
Mincks said local officers were paired with members of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Lake County Sheriff's Office in searching for Evans Thursday.
"They were all out looking for him," Mincks said.
The murder brings the number of homicides in Washington County in 2008 to three.
More than a month after the incident in which Evans is charged, on July 22, Noal D. Quattlebaum, then 22, strangled his 21-year-old girlfriend, Amber Wesley, to death at their Lang Farm Road residence. Quattlebaum was sentenced in February 2009 to 15 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to the slaying.
Just three days later, 42-year-old Patrick Arnold was found shot to death on the front porch of his home on Bells Run Road, near Newport. That case remains unsolved, although the sheriff's office has developed persons of interest.
Prior to killings in 2008, the last homicide in the county occurred in November 2004.