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Jackson County man charged with murder

Staff Report

CHARLESTON — A Jackson County man was arrested Thursday for the murder of his wife who was reported missing in August, the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department said.

James Kiser, 40, Kenna, is accused of killing his wife Crystal Dawn Kiser, 36, during an argument at her grandmother’s house on Lessie Lane near Sissonville, the sheriff’s department said.

Kiser allegedly took her body to a remote location in Kentuck in Jackson County and buried her body in a shallow grave, the department said.

He was remanded to the South Central Regional Jail in lieu of bond.

Kiser was interviewed by deputies and allegedly admitted to killing his wife, the department said.

Crystal Kiser was staying at her grandmother’s house in Sissonville and was missing since around 10 p.m. Aug. 9, according to the sheriff’s department.

She was reported missing on Aug. 11, the department said.

The investigation began Aug. 11 and included several hundred hours of video from businesses and residences, electronic records and several hundred hours of interviews and searches, the department said.

James Kiser led detectives to the location of the grave where the body of Crystal Kiser was found and exhumed by the Kanawha Bureau of Investigations and the West Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office.

James Kiser has been charged with first-degree murder, the sheriff’s department said.

Participating in the investigation were the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office, the Kanawha Bureau of Investigations and the Saint Albans and South Charleston police departments, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, West Virginia K-9 Search and Rescue, the West Virginia Division of Forestry and the security department of the Charleston Area Medical Center.

Also assisting were members of the Kiser family, the department said.

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