UPDATE: Police Release Names of Homicide Victim and Suspect

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UPDATE 8/27/2014 10:45 AM

New information coming in about two Parkersburg roommates, both found dead days apart.

Investigators are releasing their names.

Parkersburg Police say it all started with a homicide on Saturday.

They say Daniel Whipkey was found dead on Lulu Street in Parkersburg and he had bruises.

His roommate, Robert Gagliardi, tells them Whipkey has a history of health problems and had been drinking and fell down the steps Friday night.

Investigators say in the initial investigation on Saturday they found a hole in the wall and other evidence to show that was possible, and no obvious signs of foul play.

Still, with some suspicion, police send the body for an autopsy.

Police say autopsy results on Monday showed a different story - that Whipkey had been beaten to death.

Investigators say neighbors also began to talk, saying the two roommates had a history of fighting.

Police say they had intentions to interview Gagliardi again on Tuesday but instead they found his body, dead from an apparent suicide by Worthington Creek.

While Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin says it is not officially case closed without a few more interviews, they do believe the two are the only ones involved in the fight that killed Whipkey and clear evidence Gagliardi did shoot himself.

Whipkey is 54-years-old, Gagliardi is 45-years-old.


UPDATE 8/26/2014 6:10 PM

Authorities say a body found in Worthington Creek Tuesday afternoon is that of a homicide suspect.

Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin says police responded Saturday afternoon to a report of a dead body on the east end of Parkersburg.

He says at that time, there was no obvious cause of death.

The body was sent to the chief medical examiner's office in Charleston, where it was determined Tuesday that the cause of death was homicide.

Police say someone in a canoe spotted a body in Worthington Creek Tuesday afternoon, and it is that of the homicide suspect.

Police say it appears the man found in the creek shot himself in the head.

Chief Martin says names are not being released at this time.


Authorities say a body was found in Worthington Creek Tuesday afternoon.

We have a reporter on scene and we'll bring you more information as it becomes available.


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