UPDATE: Man arrested, charged with first-degree murder in the death of Morgantown woman

Published: Jan. 29, 2021 at 2:37 PM EST
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Updated Story (02/10/2021, 3:49 PM):

MORGANTOWN, W.Va (WDTV) - Gary Donald Smith ll has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Alexa Randolph, according to Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office detectives.

Officials say Smith, 60, is the paternal grandfather of Randolph’s child.

Smith was taken into custody on Wednesday and was arraigned and given no bond, according to a police report. He was transported to North Central Regional Jail to await a preliminary hearing.

Police say the investigation showed that Randolph’s vehicle was dropped off at the Walmart located on Retail Circle at approximately 8:52 pm and the suspect left on foot.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have witnessed someone walking on Grafton Road in the evening hours of Jan. 28 to contact the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Division at 304-291-7218.

This investigation is ongoing.

Updated Story (02/01/2021, 2:52 PM):

The Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department says they are investigating this case as a homicide.

Sheriff Perry Palmer tells 5 News that he has detectives and deputies out executing search warrants in relation to the case.

Sheriff Palmer also says that the public should not be worried as it appears to be an isolated incident. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department at 304-291-7218.

Updated Story (01/31/2021, 12:37 PM):

Morgantown Police have found the body of Alexa Randolph, who police say went missing on Thursday.

On Jan. 29 at approximately 4:00 pm, Detectives from the Morgantown Police Department say they located the vehicle belonging to Alexa Randolph at the Walmart parking lot on Hornbeck Road.

Upon further investigation, police say a body was discovered in the cargo area of the vehicle and that the body was identified as Alexa Randolph.

The body was sent to the Medical Examiner’s office to determine cause of death. The incident is under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the Morgantown Police Department at 304-284-7522 extension 0.

Original Story (01/29/2021, 3:35 PM):

Morgantown Police are searching for Alexa M. Randolph.

She was last seen on January 28th at 2:45 p.m. at her apartment in the 300 block of Overdale Street in Morgantown according to press release.

Police tell 5 News they have made attempts to contact Randolph but have not been successful. The press release also mentions that her vehicle, a white 2018 Ford Escape with PA registration LGY 1626 has not been found.

Morgantown Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating Randolph and say this is an active investigation.

Police say if you “have been in contact or know the whereabouts of Alexa Randolph, you are asked to contact the Morgantown Police Department at 304-284-7522 extension 0.”

Stay with 5 News for more information as it becomes available.

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