ELM GROVE, VIRGINIA: On Thursday, December 29, West Virginia authorities searching for Gretchen Fleming discovered what they believe to be human remains. Fleming, 28, was last seen leaving the My Way Lounge in Parkersburg early on December 4 with an unidentified male. The West Virginia musician was reported missing by her relatives on Monday, December 12.
Suspected human remains were discovered in Elm Grove, about two hours outside of Parkersburg, the location of Fleming’s disappearance, according to Fox News. Ohio County Sheriff Tom Howard stated that his office received a call on Thursday, December 29, from another department reporting a missing individual leading investigators to the suspected human remains. Howard stated that the remains were brought to Kepner Funeral Home where a medical examiner would conduct an inspection. Parkersburg Police Lt James Stalnaker stated that the unidentified individual is a subject of interest.
Stalnaker stated, “He is a person of interest in this investigation. We know she left with him. We believe that she traveled back to his residence with him. He’s given inconsistent statements. Through his own admission, she was at one point in his vehicle, but he’s claiming she didn’t make it to his house.” Stankler added, “There is no indication they knew each other prior to this night.” He claimed that Fleming left her purse, which included her phone and debit and credit cards, at the bar. Police believe that Fleming arrived at the bar with a different person.
MEAWW has previously reported that Fleming’s friends said that she was “extremely intoxicated” and had misplaced her purse during the night out. Additionally, a number of witnesses also said that she was with a “older” man with “white” hair. Fleming’s old friend Jake Grim stated, “We haven’t seen any camera footage of anything. She was at multiple spots. You know, the last place she was seen to everyone was the My Way,” as reported by NBC’s Dateline.
In a Facebook post regarding her disappearance, the police requested tips and leads from the public that would assist them locate the missing woman. In the post, Fleming is described as weighing between 100 and 120 pounds and being 5 feet and 2 inches tall. She has brown eyes and hair.