Inmate denies involvement in disappearance of teen

ST. MARYS -An inmate, already serving a life sentence for murder, denies any involvement in the 2002 disappearance of a Roane County woman – an investigation in which he is a person of interest.

Alex “Tattoo Vince” Golosow, is serving a life sentence at the St. Marys Correctional Center following his conviction for the murder of Judd Reid in 2002, for which he was sentenced to life without mercy.

Golosow, 58, continues to proclaim his innocence in Reid’s death. Last week, he met with The Parkersburg News and Sentinel to disavow any involvement with the disappearance and death of Christian Dawn Starcher Seabolt

“Every time the woman’s name is mentioned my name is mentioned too,” he said.

Seabolt disappeared in 2002. The 18-year-old Spencer woman was last seen Aug. 31, 2002, when she went out for a pack of cigarettes. Her remains were discovered in December 2009 on Groundhog Ridge, near Creston, along the Wirt/Roane County border.

Golosow is considered a person of interest in her death.

Seabolt’s family filed a lawsuit in 2012 in Kanawha County Circuit Court against the West Virginia State Police, the Roane County 911 Center and the city of Spencer. The family is seeking to compel authorities to release documents related to Seabolt’s death and investigation.

Trooper J.M. Bragg, with the Roane County detachment of the West Virginia State Police, said the case is heating up.

Multiple attempts to contact the Starcher family this week were unsuccessful.

When the suit was filed last year, Jesse Starcher spoke with The News and Sentinel. He thinks his daughter was murdered for attempting to report police corruption. Starcher said his daughter’s claims did not sit well within the law enforcement community.

Golosow claims the family is on the right track. However, he declined to provide additional information. Golosow is concerned any information on Seabolt’s death would come back on him, leading police to believe he’s either the killer, knew the killer or moved the body.

Golosow said Seabolt was a “nice girl, who didn’t mess around too much.” He repeatedly denied any relationship with her, noting she was old enough to be his daughter, but said Seabolt used to come around his house.

Shortly before Seabolt disappeared Golosow claims he and Reid gave her money to go to Florida to visit her husband/boyfriend. The same year as her disappearance (2002), Reid, who was also a friend of hers, according to state police, was murdered.

Golosow admits he’s a bad man who’s done a lot of bad things, but claims he’s innocent in the death of Reid.

“I didn’t kill my best friend. I don’t deserve to be here for the rest of my life,” he said.

Golosow’s appeals for a new trial have been rejected by the West Virginia Supreme Court. The last appeal was turned down in 2009, the same year Seabolt’s remains were discovered.

Golosow, who stands 6-foot-3 and weights 280 pounds, admits Seabolt, who stood 5-foot-3 and weighed 135 pounds, may have been a little intimidated by him or people he ran with. His arms – up to his knuckles – are adorned with tattoos, hence the nickname.

“I’m made out to be a very bad character,” he said.

Golosow is a New York City native who lived in Roane County since 1986. He was sentenced to Mount Olive Correctional Center, but transferred to St. Marys after he was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. He gained 135 pounds since his incarceration and now requires a wheelchair to get around beyond short walks.

He said Seabolt was not an informant, but claims she was involved with the police. Jesse Starcher thinks law enforcement officials in Spencer had a hand in the deaths.