Jaleayah Davis autopsy complete

PARKERSBURG – Officials said the autopsy of a young woman who died in November 2011 was completed by the West Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office.

The body of 20-year-old Jaleayah Davis of Marietta was found on Nov. 19, 2011, on Interstate 77 near the Emerson Avenue exit in West Virginia, two-tenths of a mile from her car, police said.

Chief Deputy Shawn Graham said the Wood County Sheriff’s Office has received the results of the autopsy report and has scheduled a meeting within the next week with the prosecuting attorney on the case. After meeting with the attorney, detectives and law enforcement will meet with Davis’ family members , he said.

The cause of death will not be released until family members are notified, Graham said.

He said the investigation, at this point, is ongoing.

Davis sustained traumatic injuries in the incident, apparently being struck by another vehicle, according to police records.

Ember S. Stafford, 28, 702 Sixth St., Marietta, was arrested at her resident on Nov. 1, 2012, in connection with the case, according to reports. She was charged with being a fugitive from justice and falsely reporting an emergency incident, reports said.

Stafford was arrested the day before Davis would have celebrated her 21st birthday.

Stafford faced charges in Washington and Wood counties and, according to the criminal complaint filed in 2011, Stafford stated she was an eyewitness to the events surrounding the death of Davis. She was accused of falsely implicating several individuals and as a result led Wood County sheriff’s deputies to “expend substantial hours of investigative time following bogus leads,” officials said last November.

Graham said the results of the investigation will be released to the public after the proper people are informed.


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