Amanda Presutti ...

Amanda Presutti

PRINCETON — Human remains discovered in the southeastern area of Mercer County were identified Tuesday as a woman missing from the Princeton area, West Virginia State Police officials said.

The remains are that of Amanda Presutti, who was reported missing by her family on June 9, First Sgt. J.K. Cooper, district commander of the Princeton and Welch detachments, said.

The initial remains were discovered around 7 p.m. Thursday, and a continued search of the area resulted in more remains being located, Cooper said.

“We suspect foul play,” Cooper said Tuesday.

The Mercer County case has not been linked to two other cases of human remains recently found in neighboring McDowell County.

“They are not related,” Sgt. A.P. Christian, with the West Virginia State Police Princeton detachment, said.

McDowell County Sheriff’s Office officials reiterated that information.

“There is no evidence to suggest these cases are related,” Chief Deputy James E. Muncy Jr. said.

According to an earlier report by senior trooper D.B. Whited, Presutti had been missing since June 1. She was last seen in the Thorn Street area.

Whited is lead investigator on Presutti’s case. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the State Police Princeton Detachment at (304)425-2101. 

The McDowell County cases also remain under investigation, Muncy said.

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