New information on Farmville murders investigation

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

INWOOD, WEST VIRGINIA (WWBT) - Emotions are running high tonight in a small west virginia community where mourners remembered the life of a young woman murdered in Farmville.

Exactly one week ago, 18 year old Melanie Wells and three others were found bludgeoned to death

Outside South Berkeley Chapel friday, relatives and friends of Melanie Wells comforted one another. Wells was described by friends as a sweet girl.She attended Musselman High School.

Laura Matieszyn met Wells two years ago when Matieszyn started her freshman year.

"She was one of the few who talked to me because I was a freshman,"said Matieszyn

That initial meeting grew into a friendship, Matieszyn says the two would hang out during lunch.

"People assumed she was a bad person cause of how she looked, but she was an amazing person in general," said Laura

Matieszyn says Wells loved music and listened to the same horrorcore rap like suspect Richard "Sam" McCroskey.

Wells and her friend Emma Niederbrock joined Mccroskey in Michigan for a horrorcore concert days before the killings.

Wells' best friend, Kierstyn Bivens says wells was supposed to return home to Inwood last Wednesday. She had been staying with Emma and Emma's mother, Debra Kelley,in Farmville.

Bivens says between voice mail messages left on Wells' mom's phone by Mccroskey and not hearing from her daughter sparked enough concern for Wells' mom to call police and Emma's father, Pastor Mark Niederbrock. The calls led to the gruesome discovery september 18th.

"We didn't expect it not to melanie not to the sweetest girl everybody knew she was just melanie she kept to herself and didn't bother anybody," said Bivens

McCroskey is only charged in the death of Pastor Mark Niederbrock, but authorities say additional charges are expected as the investigation moves forward.

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