Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 13, 2013

Arrest made in 2011 murder case

GREG JORDAN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

HINTON — An arrest has been made in the two-year-old murder of a Summers County man who regularly traveled through Mercer County while commuting to his job in Pineville.

Jame “Bo” Butler, 55, of Hill Top was reported missing April 5, 2011 after he failed to report for work. Searchers in Mercer County checked the Lashmeet area, part of the route Butler usually took to work, for clues. Butler’s body was found three weeks later in a remote part of Wyoming County.

Oscar Ross Combs, 44, a Wyoming County resident, was arrested Monday and charged with first-degree murder, according to First Sgt. M.T. Baylous of the West Virginia State Police. The arrest was made with assistance from the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department.

Combs is being held without bond at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver.

Investigators are still collecting evidence and conducting interviews because the  case is still ongoing, Baylous said. Cpl. A.S. Reed and Sgt. R.A. Maddy, who serve with the Hinton and Jesse detachments of the West Virginia State Police, arrested Combs with assistance from Wyoming County deputies.

Butler usually traveled from Hill Top through Athens, down Spring Road to Route 19, and then from Route 19 to Route 10 and Pineville, investigators said during the search. Members of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, Princeton Rescue Squad, Bluestone Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Matoaka Volunteer Fire Department, Green Valley-Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department, and Bluewell Volunteer Fire Department participated in the April 2011 search of Butler’s route through Mercer County.