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UPDATE: Death investigation continues in Kanawha County, name released

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UPDATE 12:15 p.m. 6/18/2020: The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department has released the name of a man found dead Friday, June 12 at the Budget Host Inn in Malden.

The sheriff’s department says Royce Edwin Daugherty Jr., 59, of Sissonville was found dead in a room at the motel following reports of a disturbance around 11:41 a.m. Friday, June 12. The KCSD also says Thomas Gyne Depriest, 43, of Rand was allegedly present at the time of the death.

The matter is still under investigation, according to the sheriff’s department. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department by phone at 304-357-0169, by email at, on Facebook, or anonymously through their website at

Malden WV, (WOWK) Deputies are investigating after a man was found dead at a motel in Kanawha County.

Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford says a 911 call reported an alleged disturbance around 11:41 a.m. Friday, June 12, 2020, at the Budget Host Inn in Malden. Deputies say an adult man was found dead in a motel room before they arrived on the scene.

The sheriff says detectives are interviewing witnesses, documenting and collecting evidence and examining surveillance footage at the motel.

The sheriff’s office is not releasing the name of the man or any others connected to the investigation at this time. 

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