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Missing woman case turns into murder investigation

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West Virginia State Police from the Oak Hill Detachment were looking for a missing woman, Santanae Byers, but that case in Fayette County is now a murder investigation.

William Frederick Cody, 53, of Fayetteville was arrested on Wednesday after he reportedly admitted to killing Byers. According to the West Virginia State Police, Cody came into the Oak Hill Detachment on his own. He told Troopers that he had killed Byers and left her body in an outbuilding on Blaketown Road. Troopers obtained a search warrant for the building, where they discovered the remains of a white female who matched Byers description.

State Police had questioned Cody on Monday, but at that time Cody told Troopers that he didn't know anything about the disappearance of Santanae Byers. Cody was apparently Byers "on again/off again boyfriend."

Byers was last seen with Cody on Monday, June 17 in the area of Hilltop Loop Road.

Cody is charged with First Degree Murder. He is being held without bond in the Southern Regional Jail. The remains have been sent to the State Medical Examiner in Charleston for identification.