Remains Found in Cold Case on Same Day Suspect Dies

Elderly suspect had been arrested in 2000 disappearance of mother, daughter
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 23, 2024 2:45 PM CDT
Suspect Dies on Same Day Remains Found in Cold Case
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Remains believed to be that of a woman and her daughter who have not been seen in nearly 24 years were found at a southern West Virginia home—on the same day that the girl's alleged killer died while imprisoned, per the AP. Susan Carter and her daughter, Natasha "Alex" Carter, have not been seen since Aug. 8, 2000. Members of the state police and the FBI found what were believed to be their remains Monday at the home of suspect Larry Webb, said West Virginia State Police in a statement.

Webb, who was in his 80s, suffered a medical episode on Monday at the Mount Olive Correctional Complex, where he was being held without bond after having been arrested earlier this month in connection with the girl's death. Webb was pronounced dead at a hospital six hours before the remains were discovered. At the time they went missing, Susan Carter, 41, was in a contentious custody battle with Natasha's father and had told him he would never see his 10-year-old daughter again, according to an FBI flyer from back then. Carter and her daughter were apparently living in Webb's house when they disappeared.

The FBI announced a renewed push for answers in the case in 2021. Police executed search warrants at Webb's home in 2022 and 2023, and authorities said they recovered additional evidence. During one of those searches, Webb told news outlets he did not know what happened to the girl or when he last saw her. "I have dementia," he said. "I can't say exactly." Raleigh County Prosecutor Ben Hatfield told WVNS-TV that Webb allegedly had noticed his finances were out of order and that a violent domestic situation ensued. Webb was indicted last October on a murder charge in the girl's disappearance and held at a medical facility. He was then arrested on April 12 after being medically cleared for incarceration.

(More West Virginia stories.)

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