New information in 3-year-old Charleston murder mystery


This Memorial Day Weekend marks three-years since Robert Snow disappeared from a 7-11 store and was found floating in the Elk River.

His family who lives in Arizona tell 13 News they are still seeking closure. Charleston Police detectives have never given up. They’ve been following one lead after the other for the past three years.

“It hasn’t come together like all the other cases. This case has twists and turns in it,” said Detective C. Sharp, the lead investigator. This case is the only homicide he has not been able to solve.

Snow was last seen at the Go Mart on Bigley Avenue in Charleston. He was a regional manager for 7-Eleven and was supposed to be at a meeting in Kanawha City to get a promotion.

Detectives said Snow never made this meeting. His body was found floating along the Elk River days after by Memorial Day boaters. Snows’ feet and hands were bound with duct tape. Detectives said he had blunt force trauma to his body but no cause of death could be determined.

“This is not a stranger-on-stranger offence. Somebody knows something,” said Sharp.

Detectives tell 13 News cell phone records were able to track Snow’s last movements. They said his phone showed his car was driving along 1-79 North towards the Clay exit. The phone temporarily lost service and picked up when he was driving back to Charleston.

Police were able to find Snow’s car parked near the Elk River.

“I can’t tell you what exactly happened. We know Robert was in his vehicle safe and sound at 5:30 in Charleston, West Virginia,” said Sharp.

Snow’s family lives in Arizona, where the former air force member was once stationed. They told 13 News they are just as frustrated and confused as police.

“Time helps but it’s the not knowing. Not knowing who did this that really hurts,” said Annette Snow, his ex-wife, in a phone interview.

Robert would have turned 58 last week. Charleston Police are planning on putting up a billboard with his picture on it to gain more leads.

“They need to come forward and end this. Do the right thing. And I know somebody out there knows something,” said Annette.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Charleston Police Department at 304-348-6480. Police are also accepting letters addressed to Detective Sharp.

A ten-thousand dollar reward is being offered to anyone with information leading to an arrest.

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