Man Arrested in 19th Street Fire Investigation

By: Andrea Wilcox
By: Andrea Wilcox

A Parkersburg man has been charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of a couple whose charred remains were pulled from a burned apartment last month.

Parkersburg Police Chief Bob Newell describes 33-year-old Drew Spencer as a neighbor and acquaintance of the two victims, but declined to say what led investigators to the suspect.

Spencer is a math teacher at WVU in Parkersburg. He also attended classes at Ohio University in Athens.

The cause of death for John Nestor III and his girlfriend, Tracy Thompson, haven't been released.

No one else was injured in the blaze, which occurred at Nestor's apartment house early on the morning of February 5.

Another burned body was found in a field in Mineral Wells that same day, but Newell says there is nothing at this time to link Spencer to that incident.

Spencer was arrested Wednesday and had an initial appearance in Wood County Magistrate Court Wednesday afternoon.

Newell says a bond hearing in circuit court is scheduled for Thursday.


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