(10/27/2002)
A Roane County man is reportedly the mystery corpse found on Pisgah Ridge near the Town of Clay nine days ago. The Clay Communicator has identified the man as Judson (Judd) Michael Reid, a father of three children and one grandchild, who lived at 862 Poca Road off State Route 36.

Local sources said Reid, who lived in Roane County for about 15 years, had been missing a few days before his body was discovered.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete for the 52-year-old man at the John H. Taylor Funeral Home in Spencer.

The FBI or the West Virginia State Police have yet to release information about the man's identity or facts about the case. Reid's wife, Marilyn, said authorities told her his body would be released to the funeral home last Thursday, but that did not happen.

Roane resident Vincent A. Golosow, 41, was arrested on drug charges by an FBI SWAT team last week a day after the discovery of Reid's body, along with Clay resident Richard W. Cummings, 35, of Ovapa.

Golosow purchased the original Fenton Fields property about one mile from the former Tariff Post Office.

There is speculation Reid's body might be connected to a burned car discovered near "Murder Mountain," since a burned car was confiscated by authorities and towed to State Police headquarters in South Charleston.

Local sources, who did not want to be identified, said authorities have been in the Tariff and Poca Road area looking for evidence linking Golosow with the Reid death, including the draining of a farm pond "looking for body parts," all unconfirmed.

A Clay County man Jesse "Chuck" Blankenship was found dead Tuesday in an auto which crashed over a hill near "Murder Mountain," close to Ovapa.

Authorities are still looking for Christian Starcher Seabolt, 18, of Spencer, who vanished suddenly after she went to get a pack of cigarettes a few weeks ago. Family members fear the woman is dead, although no information has been released connecting the woman with the current situation.

Numerous other incidents have surfaced, including the death four weeks ago of Chad Salisbury, in addition to frequent gunfire in the area and fighting this past week in Clay, apparently drug related, according to the Clay Communicator. Many of the incidents involve subjects who live in southern Roane County and Grannies Creek, and in the Ovapa, Clay County area.

The Clay Communicator reports some Clay County residents are fearful as drug-related problems appear to be reaching a boiling point.

SEE Hur Herald Story 10/26/02


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