Man charged with murder after police locate body down mine well

West Virginia

UPDATE: 5:20 P.M. May 3, 2021: The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office has recovered the body located in a deep water well. They say the body was identified through tattoos as belonging to Cheyenne Johnson.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct additional confirmation.

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK)—The Kanawha and Jackson County Sheriff’s Departments said in a press conference on Monday that 41-year-old Michael Smith is being charged with the murder of Cheyenne Johnson.

Johnson went missing last Thursday, and Smith admitted to murdering her and putting her body down a mine well on his property.

The Sheriff’s Department confirmed that there is indeed a body down the well on Smith’s property, but they can not yet confirm that it is in fact Cheyenne Johnson’s remains.

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