Update: New Trial Date Set For Crystal Smith

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Update: 12/10/2012 6:30 P.M.

Crystal Dawn Smith has been denied a reduction in bond by Judge J.D. Beane.

Smith's bond remains at $125,000.

Update: 10/05/2012 6:20 P.M.

The third suspect in the death two weeks ago of Brandy Adams had her day in court.

Crystal Smith waived her preliminary hearing Friday afternoon before a Wood County Magistrate.

Smith was one of three people who police say drove Adams' body to the Seventh Street Car Wash from Meadowbrook Trailer Park.

Smith faces felony concealing a body and felony conspiracy to conceal a body charges.

UPDATE: 10/01/2012 4:15 PM

The two men involved in the death of Brandy Adams appeared in court for the first time today.

Victor Thompson waived his rights to a preliminary hearing. He's accused of hiding Adams body in the back of her trunk. That's a felony charge. His case will go to a grand jury.

Also in court today, was Arthur Thornton. He's also charged with felony conspiracy to conceal Adams body. Thornton waived his preliminary hearing and this case will also go to a grand jury.

Adams body was found in the trunk of her car two weeks ago.

Police say drugs contributed to her death, but autopsy reports won't be available for awhile.

UPDATE: 7:30PM 9/27/12

A third person's in custody after police find Brandy Adams' body stuffed in the trunk of a car parked at the Seventh Street Car Wash.

Parkersburg Detectives arrested Crystal Smith.

They tell us Smith played a role in the events of that night.

Authorities say Victor Thompson and Arthur Thornton hid Adams' dead body in the trunk of her own car.

They say the three drove Adams' body to the Seventh Street Car Wash from a home in Meadowbrook Trailer Park, where she died.

Smith faces felony conspiracy to conceal a body.

Officials aren't expecting any more arrests.

Police tell us illegal drugs were a factor in the young woman's death.

They're waiting on a toxicology report which could uncover what exactly killed Adams.


This statement was issued by the Parkersburg Police Department shortly after 6:30 Friday evening:

This evening at approximately 5:00 p.m., Parkersburg police
detectives charged two (2) men for their alleged role in the
death of Brandy Marie Adams. Adams body was found in the
trunk of her own vehicle shortly before 8:00 p.m. last night
at the Seventh Street Car Wash.

Arthur Allen Thornton, age 42, and Victor Lee Thompson, age 34, have both been charged with felony concealing a deceased human body and felony conspiracy to conceal a deceased human body.

Criminal Complaints filed in Wood County Magistrate Court
allege that on or about 9-20-12, Thornton and Thompson
conspired to move the body of Brandy Marie Adams from the
place of her death, being #57 Meadowview Trailer Park, by
placing it in the trunk of a vehicle and transporting it to
the Seventh Street Car Wash, 1957 7th Street, with the use
of illegal drugs contributing to the victim’s death.

Thornton was taken into custody early this morning in the
community of Walker by the Wood County Sheriff’s Office,
Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force, and West Virginia State
Police, on outstanding warrants not related to Adams death.
Those charges included four (4) counts of forgery and four
(4) counts of uttering from the Wood County Sheriff’s
Office, and one count of joyriding from the Parkersburg
Police Department. With a detainer also being placed on
Thornton by the Division of Parole, he was sent to the North
Central Regional Jail. The new warrants are set to be faxed
to the jail once signed by a Magistrate.

Thompson was brought in to the Parkersburg Police Department
for questioning today after being located by the Wood County
Sheriff’s Office and Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force.
Following his interview, Parkersburg police detectives
officially charged him for his alleged role in Adams death.
Thompson will be arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court
at approximately 10:00 p.m. this evening.

Adams body is currently at the State Medical Examiner’s
Office with no cause of death determined as of yet. The
investigation is continuing at this hour with investigators
not ruling out the possibility of additional persons being
charged in the case.

Contrary to rumors regarding the incident, there have been
no additional deaths reported to the department. Early in
the investigation, Fort Boreman Park was thought to have a
connection to this alleged crime with numerous officers
dispatched to that area. It was eliminated a few hours
later as a potential crime scene.

Updated 9/21/2012 6:15 P.M.

It was Thursday afternoon, police say, when they were made aware Brandy Adams was missing.

"At that point, they began following up with interviews, about a possible missing person initially," says Joe Martin, Parkersburg Police Chief. "As that process went on, one of the task force agents located the victim's car at the car wash on Seventh street."

But Wood County Sheriff Jeff Sandy says Adams had been sought by his agency, for escaping home confinement, where she was placed in July for failure to appear in court on drug-related charges.

There has been widespread speculation, through social media and elsewhere, about certain possible elements of this case. Chief Martin says, for instance, that Fort Boreman Hill was checked out, and was found not to be a crime scene.

"Some of that being that there was more than one body found, a body found at Fort Boreman," Chief Martin said. "That is not accurate. The investigation we're doing right now involves one female, deceased."

The body has been sent to the state medical examiner's office in Charleston. Police say they found no injuries on her body in their preliminary examination.

"Obvious signs of trauma or foul play on her person could come back," said Sgt. Greg Collins. "We never saw anything, but we were careful not to overstep our bounds on the investigation on her body. We wanted to get that in a controlled environment."

Toxicology reports from the autopsy could take several weeks to be completed.

UPDATE September 21, 2012 3:28 a.m.

A body found in the trunk of a car earlier this evening has been identified as that of Brandy Marie Adams, 25, of Parkersburg.

The body was found by a Parkersburg Police officer shortly before 8 p.m. in the trunk of a car parked inside a wash bay at the Seventh Street Car Wash.

Numerous officers with the Parkersburg Police Department,
Wood County Sheriff’s Office, and Parkersburg Narcotics
Task Force are working on the investigation which is ongoing
at this hour.

The Wood County Prosecutors Office is also
assisting with the case.

No further information is being released by law enforcement at this time.

The body is set to be sent to Charleston this morning for

A little before 8:00 this evening Parkersburg Police officers find an abandoned vehicle at the Seventh Street car wash.

Inside the trunk, officers discover a dead body.

Details are scarce at this hour, but police do confirm that officers found the body inside the trunk of the car...parked in one of the stalls of the car wash.

Officers are on scene tonight, working to find a lead in this case.

Police say they can not confirm how long the body or the vehicle have been there, and they aren't releasing any details about the victim.

We'll keep you updated on this story as more information is released.

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