Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

June 4, 2013

Manhunt for murder suspect continues in Monroe County


— The hunt for a suspected murderer continued Tuesday in Monroe and Greenbrier counties, as West Virginia State Police searched for Joshua Neal Hubbard, wanted in connection to the murder of a Monroe County man who had been missing for several days.

Troopers, assisted by K-9 units, helicopters, Monroe sheriff’s deputies and other local law enforcement worked through the night Monday looking for Hubbard, 37, of Peterstown, who was last seen in the Flat Mountain Road area of Alderson in Monroe County.

According to officials, an unidentified caller contacted the Union State Police detachment Monday and reported that Danny Ray Richardson Jr., 33, of Flat Mountain Road had been missing for several days.

When troopers arrived at Richardson’s home, his wife, Amber Lee Richardson, 25, identified Hubbard as her boyfriend.

She told police that she had helped Hubbard murder her husband.

Police returned to the Richardson home to search the area. They spotted a man that they believed was Hubbard. The man ran into the woods on Flat Mountain Road.

During a search of the area where Hubbard had allegedly been spotted, police located Danny Richardson’s body near an uprooted tree. A pile of leaves covered the body.

According to a press release from the West Virginia State Police, Richardson was shot. However, his body was sent to the Medical Examiner’s office for an official determination of the cause of death.

Amber Richardson, 25, was at Southern Regional Jail Tuesday morning charged with first-degree murder.

Anyone with information concerning Hubbard’s whereabouts are encouraged to call the West Virginia State Police Monroe Detachment at 304-772-5100.