Update: Missing 14-year-old boy found in Hampshire County was murdered, police say

West Virginia

ROMNEY, W.Va. (WDVM) — Police have made their first statement regarding their investigation into the death of 14-year-old Jonathan Adams.

Johnny Adams

The Hampshire Sheriff’s office located Adams’s body on Saturday morning in a shallow grave deep into the woods where relatives say he was last seen alive.

Chief Deputy Nathan Sions said he couldn’t comment on the nature of Jonathan’s death due to the investigation still being open and also didn’t say if the separate case, a 16-year-old relative being arrested on burglary charges, was connected to the homicide investigation. But, they do have a suspect in the teen’s death.

“Again, it’s been ruled as a homicide, obviously he was buried in a grave, but his manner of death we’re not ready to release that at this time.” said Chief Deputy Sions. “Our case needs to be prepared in a way that we’re confident it’ll bring justice for Johnny.”

The family has upped their reward from $10,000 to $20,000 for any information that will lead to an arrest and give them answers in Jonathan’s death.


BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: 9:30 P.M.

A 14-year-old boy from Connecticut who was found dead in West Virginia was murdered, according to the results of an autopsy report revealed Tuesday.

The Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office said Jonathan “Johnny” Adams was found on July 18, 2020 after he was reported missing nearly a week prior.

“This investigation was difficult and complicated for various reasons,” the sheriff’s office said, “but we are confident this was an isolated incident.”

According to our previous report, police said they have a suspect for his death. Authorities say the investigation is still active. Multiple agencies assisted in the case.

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