PARKERSBURG - A third person charged with concealing a dead body found at a Parkersburg car wash last week was remanded to the regional jail Thursday night.
Crystal Dawn Smith, 38, 1614 7th St., Parkersburg, was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with concealing a deceased human body and conspiracy to conceal a deceased human body, both felonies, said Sgt. Greg Collins, a spokesman for the Parkersburg Police Department.
Brandy Marie Adams, 25, was found Sept. 20 in the trunk of her vehicle at the Seventh Street Car Wash. The use of illegal drugs contributed to the victim's death, police said.
Photo by Jeff Baughan
Crystal Dawn Smith of Parkersburg, right, is escorted into her arraignment before Wood County Magistrate Donna Jackson Thursday evening by Patrolman First Class M.S. Brown of the Parkersburg Police Department.
Arthur Allen Thornton, 42, 3509 Sixth Ave., Parkersburg, and Victor Lee Thompson, 34, 906 1/2 Tygart St., Parkersburg, were arrested Sept. 21 and charged with felony counts of concealing and conspiracy to conceal a deceased human body.
A criminal complaint filed in magistrate court by Detective P.M. Edelen alleged Smith conspired with Thornton and Thompson to move Adams' body from the place of her death, 57 Meadowbrook Trailer Park, by placing it in the trunk of a vehicle and transporting it to the Seventh Street Car Wash, 1957 Seventh Street.
Smith was arraigned by Magistrate Donna Jackson, who set bond at $150,000. She was remanded to the regional jail.
Adams' body was sent to the State Medical Examiner in Charleston with no obvious cause of death discovered during the examination, police said. Toxicology reports are still pending, but are not expected for several more weeks, officials said.
The case is likely to be closed upon receipt of the toxicology results, Collins said. No other arrests are anticipated at this time, provided there are no new developments in the case, he said.