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Police: Second teen charged in deaths of 4 in southern WVa

December 17, 2020 GMT

ELKVIEW, W.Va. (AP) — Police have charged a second juvenile in the deaths of four people whose bodies were found this week at a home in southern West Virginia.

A 17-year-old girl was arrested Wednesday and charged with four counts of murder, Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford told news outlets. A 16-year-old boy is also charged in the deaths.

Rutherford said the teens know one another, but he declined to comment further citing the ages of the suspects.

A family member discovered three bodies Sunday after going to the home in Elkview, Rutherford said. Deputies who responded to the scene found a fourth victim in the home.

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The bodies were identified Monday as Daniel Dale Long, 37; Risa Mae Saunders, 39, Gage Ripley, 12, and Jameson Long, 3.

Rutherford has said all of the victims are related and each appeared to have been shot.

Rutherford said it’s unknown when the deaths occurred. He said relatives tried to contact the residents on Saturday and again on Sunday morning without success before someone went to the home and entered through an unlocked door.