Tyler County officials continue home invasion investigation

MIDDLEBOURNE — Authorities in Tyler County have offered a reward of up to $10,000 for information about a home invasion that occurred three years ago.

Senior citizens Paul and Janice Wells of Oil Ridge Road were beaten and robbed in their residence on around 1:45 a.m. Jan. 16, 2016. No arrests have been made.

The Tyler County Commission on Tuesday approved a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the people responsible for the burglary and assault during the commission of a felony. The commission acted upon the request by Prosecuting Attorney D. Luke Furbee.

“Sheriff (Brian M.) Weigle and I are committed to doing everything we can to see the day when anyone responsible for perpetrating these despicable crimes upon Mr. and Mrs. Wells are brought to justice,” Furbee said in a statement announcing the reward on Friday.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Sgt. Scott Dalrymple with the sheriff’s department at 304 758-4229, Furbee said.

Wells was 88 at the time of the incident and his wife was 83. Both survived the incident and are alive today, Furbee said. They were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown to recover from the injuries, which at the time were described as non life-threatening by their daughter-in-law.

Furbee said he couldn’t comment if the perpetrators were men or women or whether investigators believe they remain in the area. The reward was announced Friday, so it has been too soon for any information to have been received, he said.

The sheriff’s department has followed leads throughout its investigation, but authorities thought to “try this route would be a good idea,” Furbee said.

The amount of the reward to be given depends on the quality and the quantity of information supplied to investigators, Furbee said.

Paul Wells is retired from Conalco and Janice Wells retired from the Wetzel Tyler Health Department. Both attended Tyler County High School.