(03/16/2010)
Twenty-two-year-old William Seth Denmark of Beech, Calhoun County has been charged with kidnapping Veronica Cottrill and holding her at gunpoint while Denmark buried the body of David Wayne Beach, according to a criminal complaint filed by Cpl. Doug Starcher of the WV State Police in Grantsville.

Beach has not been seen by his family since he left his mother's house in Spencer four years ago. He was 17 at the time.

Denmark is in Southern Regional Jail near Beckley.

Denmark's parents were arrested over the weekend, and are currently in Central Regional Jail.

William Anthony Denmark, 58, has been charged with conspiracy to inflict bodily injury, and his wife, Jackie Lynn Denmark, 56, is charged with aiding and abetting kidnapping.

The complaint says Cottrill told the Roane County Sheriff's Department that Denmark "threatened the victim [Cottrill] of her life" at gunpoint in 2006, while Denmark allegedly buried David Wayne Beach on the Denmark farm near Arnoldsburg.

The criminal complaint says that Seth Denmark "made proof of his threats by shooting another person, David Wayne Beach in the head with the gun."

Cottrill, according to the complaint, was held and forced to assist Denmark in burying Beach in an unmarked grave, to conceal the crime.

Denmark, according to the complaint, maintained control of Cottrill by threatening her and her infant child.

The complaint says, "This threat of having the same thing done to the victim (Cottrill) and her infant child" as was done to Beach, a threat that has been repeated by Denmark "throughout time."

Details of the alleged burial (earlier Herald story) allege Denmark had Beach help dig his own grave.

Authorities have conducted a search of the Denmark property along Beech Rd., but have yet to discover a body.

See related stories:

Denmark Family Jailed, Complaint Says Missing Person In Grave, Denmark Shoots Youth In 2006

Police Not Confirming Investigation At Beech Farm

No Remains Found During Police Response To Beech

Search For Missing Teen Showed No Results


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