UPDATE (9/9/2020 2:17 p.m.):
JANE LEW, W.Va. — A Harrison County man has been charged with murder in connection to a body being found at a structure fire in Jane Lew.
On Aug. 29, deputies with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department found human remains in the debris of a structure fire at 6572 Main St. in Jane Lew, according to a release sent out by the sheriff’s office.
Those remains were later identified as Dustin Allman by the W.Va. Chief Medical Examiner’s office through use of dental records, deputies said.
Allman had been previously reported as missing on that same date, and a vehicle Allman had been known to drive was found in the Jane Lew Elementary School’s parking lot; deputies were later informed that the last person Allman had contact with was Caleb Sidun, 22, of Lost Creek, according to the release.
Deputies later obtained surveillence footage “from multipe stores in the Jane Lew area” showing Allman and Sidun together, and later Sidun is seen leaving Allman’s vehicle and “walking south on Main St. in Jane Lew carrying a red in color gas canister,” deputies said.
Prior to that, Sidun was seen at the 7-Eleven art 94 Hackers Creek R. in Jane Lew purchasing $2 worth of gasoline, the release states, and he then returned to Allman’s vehicle with the same red gas canister and drove southbound toward his home.
A witness informed deputies Sidun returned home and “discharge[d] a firearm several times, the last shot striking [Allman] in the head, while [Allman] was lying on he floor of the residence,” according to the release.
Sidun tossed his cell phone and a firearm off of the Hacker’s Creek Bridge and returned home, according to the witness, “smell[ing] of gasoline upon returning to the apartment proceeding[sic] the moment the structure fire occurred,” deputies said.
As a result of the investigation, which is still ongoing, Sidun has been charged with murder. He is being held in Central Regional Jail.
ORIGINAL (9/1/2020 11:04 a.m.):
JANE LEW, W.Va. — Deputies with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department have ruled a fire at an abandoned residence in Jane Lew on Saturday as “suspicious,” according to a press release.
In the release, deputies state that the fire occurred at approximately 6 a.m. that day and that the fire department originally deemed the fire “suspicious,” which is what caused the sheriff’s department to join other law enforcement agencies to begin an investigation into the incident.
When deputies began to investigate the area, “a body was discovered in the rubble,” but the identity has yet to be determined, according to the release.
Along with Lewis County deputies, the West Virginia State Fire Marshal and the Mountain Lakes Drug and Task Force are investigating the incident, officials said.
There is no further information available at this time.
The Jane Lew Volunteer Fire Department posted a series of photos from the fire on its Facebook page.