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Family Members Speak Out on Arrests in Cold Case
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on September 19, 2013 @ 11:03PM
Created on September 19, 2013 @ 7:00PM

After 14 years, information has been released about the disappearance of two Lewis County women. 

"Betrayal and devastation," said Pamela Smith, Friend's Sister and Stalnaker's daughter.

December 1st 1999 was the last Mary Friend and Maxine Stalnaker were ever seen.  Apparently Friends' son and Stalnaker's grandson murdered them and they have never been found.

"It's been a long hard process and it's just been like a wound that opened up again," said Smith.

"What can I say? I'm accused of something I didn't do," said Metz. 

Joseph Metz was arrested Wednesday night and Friday in Ohio, David Hughes and Steven Freeman were taken into custody. All three men were charged with two counts of murder, kidnapping, and robbery.

"I loved Joe as if he was my son and I don't know how he could have done this," said Smith.

Apparently there was illegal activity happening at the restaurant and club called Wilderness Plantation that Hughes owned and
Metz worked at and Friend supposed had incriminating evidence against them. Regardless of why, family members are still torn up.

"I'm glad that it's over, but I'm hurt because part of my family had to be the one that did it," said Smith.

14 years after these women went missing, why has it taken so long to get these people behind bars?

"We completed our final interview yesterday and as a result of that interview we felt that we had the probable cause and felt it
necessary to make the arrest," said Sheriff Adam Gissy, Lewis County Sheriff's Department.

Smith said she never thought her nephew would do something like this.

"I don't know if I didn't want to believe it or what. But I tried to be there for him and his brother through all this and then he betrayed me," said Smith.

"They're saying I did stuff that I never even talked to them about. I don't know anything about it," said Metz. 

Even though all three suspects have been arrested, the investigation continues. 

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Comments (2)
Sep 21, 2013 at 6:57 PM
i knew joe we went to school and to the prom tog and my prayere go out to the families
Sep 20, 2013 at 6:29 PM
I think its a tragedy for anyone to lose a loved one but ive known david hughes for a very long time and even been to the plantation never seen anything illegal i even knew daves son brian hughes the man has lost alot in his life already the man is very kind and very big hearted the man is innocent along with Steve Freeman which i have known for over 15 years we have done alot of roofs together and we also worked at Campbell's soup together for the last 2 year's the man wss getting his life together and was heading in a very great direction in his life he has also been taking care of his sister that is not in very good health my gut feeling and heart says these 2 men r innocent and needs our prayers and support to help them and their families get through this tragic times in their lives
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