(10/29/2002)
A Roane County man, the mystery corpse found on Pisgah Ridge near the Town of Clay on October 17, died from a gunshot wound to the head, according to Medical Examiner Hamada Mahmoud, M.D. in South Charleston. The death certificate says Judson Michael Reid, 52, was "shot by an assailant."

Reid's burial will be today at 1 p.m. in the West Virginia National Cemetery at Grafton, with arrangements by the John H. Taylor Funeral Home in Spencer.

Reid, a native of Newport, Road Island, was a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War and was a disabled auto mechanic.

The Medical Examiner's investigation estimated Reid, a resident of Poca Road, Looneyville, was shot on October 11, six days before his body was discovered in a wooded area on a mountain above Clay.

The FBI or the West Virginia State Police have yet to comment on the case, although State Trooper Jay Powers did confirm the unidentified body was linked to foul play. The two agencies have declined to communicate with Clay County authorities, including Sheriff Harald Fields or Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Davis. Fields said as far as he knew, no body had been found.

Two drug related arrests were made by an FBI SWAT team and State Police the day after the body was found. (See earlier Hur Herald stories)

The incident may be linked to drug related problems and possibly other deaths in Clay County, including Ovapa and the "Murder Mountain" area and Grannies Creek and the Tariff section of Roane County.

Reid is survived by his wife, Marilyn; three daughters, Thera, Renee and Stephanie Reid of Looneyville; brothers, Warren and Jeffery of MA; sister, Lizabeth Thomaier of California. He was preceded in death by a sister, Vicky Reid.


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