UPDATE: (2:19 p.m. on Oct. 1): The Pomeroy Police Department says they have arrested and charged Wayne Leib for the homicide of Dwayne Qualls.

Officers say they found Qualls, of Pomeroy, dead inside of his home from an apparent gunshot wound.

They say they identified Leib as a suspect in the case. He was arrested on Friday.

The Pomeroy Police Department had assistance from the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, Middleport Police Department, Syracuse Police Department and the Ohio BCI.

Just around 10 minutes away in Mason, West Virginia, another homicide investigation is underway where the suspect, in that case, was arrested in Meigs County, Ohio.


UPDATE: (9:40 p.m. on Sept. 30): Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood said the suspect is now in custody. He was captured in Pomeroy.


POMEROY, OHIO (WOWK) – A murder investigation has prompted a search for a man that officers are describing as “possibly armed and dangerous.” 

The Pomeroy Police Department and Meigs County Sheriff’s Office say they are looking for a man named Wayne “J.R.” Leib. 

Leib, 40, of Meigs County is a person of interest in a homicide case that happened Friday night. The homicide happened on Spring Avenue in Pomeroy.  

An Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation spokesperson said the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the BCI Crime Scene Unit shortly before 7:00 p.m.  

Anyone with information is asked to call law enforcement but should not approach him.