PARKERSBURG - State police are still searching for two people in connection with a methamphetamine lab discovered near the 12th Street floodwall in Parkersburg on Sunday.
Brown "John" Salyers II, 46, and Michele S. Salyers, 39, both most recently of Coolville, are being sought by authorities after officers with the West Virginia State Police and Division of Natural Resources launched an investigation into a suspicious person and potential wanted subject near the floodwall on Aug. 25.
Upon arriving at the scene, officers spoke with Michele Salyers, who was believed to be with her husband, Brown "John" Salyers. When officers arrived Brown allegedly fled the area.
During the conversation with Michele on Sunday, police said she showed signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance - potentially meth.
Police located a camping area in the woods along the Ohio River and a short time later an active "shake and bake" meth drug lab near the lone campsite.
The couple is also suspected to be involved in a recent meth lab investigation by the Athens County Sheriff's Office.
Trooper First Class C.S. Jackson said on Thursday Brown Salyers has a history of violence and weapons convictions. He said if either individual is located by the public they should call 911 immediately.
Witnesses provided statements indicating Salyers was in the woods for a period of time, seemed suspicious and was acting paranoid, officials said.
State police have issued warrants for the arrests of the homeless couple who could be hiding out in Wood, Athens or Washington counties, officials said.