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Search resumes for Marshall County woman missing for 42 years

A search is underway for the remains of Annita Price, who disappeared in 1974.

A Marshall County cold case is heating up.

Annita Price went missing 42 years ago near Benwood. Now crews are searching for her remains near Fish Creek in Marshall County.

Price was the mother of two children who are helping with the search. At the time of the alleged crime, May of 1974, she and was going through a custody battle with her estranged husband.

"A vivacious, lively and outgoing person, and not the type that would have packed up and left and abandoned my brother and I,” Price’s daughter Madonna Layne said Monday.

Price was headed to work as a waitress at the former Flamingo Club when she vanished. She was last seen at her Benwood apartment on 4th Street around 8:45 p.m. on May 30. She'd borrowed her boyfriend's Gremlin. The car was found the next morning on W.Va. 2 in McMechen. Price was reported missing by her boyfriend.

"You struggle with the not knowing,” Layne said. “You get frustrated because we don't feel like it was investigated properly back in 1974.”

Price's boyfriend cooperated with police and isn’t a suspect.

At the time of her disappearance, Price was going through a divorce and custody battle with the kids’ father, Leonard. Layne says she and brother were sent to live with their father and they moved to southern West Virginia.

"He denied knowing anything about what happened to her and he never gave us any information,” Layne said. “He just said she left and didn't want to have anything to with us and moved on.”

Layne says they would be punished if the spoke about their mother, but now since their father passed away, they've been reunited with their mother's side of the family, and they are hoping for answers.

Informants and evidence point to murder, that Price was shot and buried.

Crews from the Center for Missing persons, WVU Forensic Department, WCU Forensic Archeological, criminal studies departments, Scott Wheeler Development, Tyler County Search and Rescue, and volunteers from Ghent and Mount Hope fire departments are now digging in the Fish Creek area.

On Sunday, the search was stopped after they ran into a problem with a drain in the land near the Certainteed Gypsum Plant.

"Any new avenues that could help confirm we are in the right area, or if we aren't in the right spot, lead us in the right direction. It's not too late to help solve this case,” Layne said.

If you have any information on the case, you are urged to call your local police or our anonymous Crimebusters Tipline at 1-800-862-BUST.

A gofundme page has also been started if you would like to assist the family.


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