Second person charged with murder after woman’s body found in well

West Virginia

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office says a second person has been arrested and charged with murder in the death of Cheyenne Johnson, whose body was found in a well in the Sissonville area Monday, May 3.

Kanawha County Chief Deputy Greg Young says Virginia Smith, 29, of Charleston, has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder. Young says Virginia Smith is not related to 41-year-old Michael Smith who was also charged with murder in Johnson’s death Monday, May 3, but the two were reportedly in an intimate relationship at the time of the homicide.

According to Young, a juvenile witness interviewed during the investigation told law enforcement they saw Virginia Smith shoot Johnson.

On Monday, Michael Smith was charged with murder after allegedly admitting to murdering her and putting her body down a mine well on his property.

After the body was recovered, the sheriff’s office identified the body as Cheyenne Johnson through tattoos. She had been missing since the previous Thursday. Young says at this time in the investigation, they believe the murder happened the same day Johnson was last seen.

While the autopsy is not complete at this time, the sheriff’s office says Johnson was shot in the head and, according to Young, the gunshot wound would be “unsurvivable.” There were also other wounds to Johnson’s body, according to the sheriff’s office.

The investigation is ongoing and a motive has not been determined at this time.

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