Wrongful Death Two Men Charged With Murder in 5 Year Old Missing Person’s Case

A five-year-old missing person’s case ended up with two men arrested Wednesday evening, charged with the murder of a Logan County man.

West Virginia State Police troopers say five years after Willy Williams was reported missing, some new leads jump started the investigation.

Freelin Vance of Logan, and Anthony Baisden of Mingo County both face first-degree murder charges.


Troopers say they picked up both men Wednesday, and that they both admitted to being involved in Williams’ death to some extent.

However, troopers have not released whether or not the men admitted to actually killing Williams.

Troopers say Williams was 19 years old when he was reported missing by a family member in November 2010.

They say thanks partly to the help of some neighbors in Logan County, Williams’ family can finally begin the process toward closure.

“It was an intensive investigation, with a lot of manpower invested and a lot of time from the State Police and from the help of the community,” Trooper M.J. Miller said. “He had a lot of family here that was local. Hopefully it brings them some closure and relief, and hopefully we can provide them with some more information at a later date.”

Troopers say the investigation will continue well into the new year, but they did not say whether they plan on making any more arrests at this time.

They added that they are still investigating just how and where Williams died.

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