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Title: Friend,Mary G. missing December 1,1999
Description: West Virginia

oldies4mari2004 - September 11, 2006 06:01 AM (GMT)

oldies4mari2004 - January 9, 2007 04:42 AM (GMT)
Mary Geneva Friend

Above Images: Friend, circa 1999

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: December 1, 1999 from Lewis County, West Virginia
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: August 1, 1954
Age: 45 years old
Height and Weight: 5'2, 130 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Friend wears large-framed eyeglasses.

Details of Disappearance

Friend was last seen with Marcus Stalnaker at their residence in Lewis County, West Virginia during the evening hours of December 1, 1999. Neither of the women has been heard from again.
Friend's gray 1987 Chevrolet Celebrity was discovered abandoned on December 6, 1999, five days after Friend and Stalnaker vanished. There was no sign of them at the scene. A photo of Friend's car is posted below this case summary. The vehicle was located in Clarksburg on Route 19 close to the former Harrison County Bureau Of Emergency Services near Gore, West Virginia.

A witness reported seeing two women matching Friend and Stalnaker's descriptions in Ohio in late June 2000. The witness claimed that the women sat near her in the bleachers during a race at an unspecified location. The tip has never been confirmed by authorities. Friend and Stalnaker's cases remain unsolved.

Above: Friend's car

Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Lewis County Sheriff's Office
West Virginia State Police
Federal Bureau Of Investigation
West Virginia Office

Source Information
The National Center for Missing Adults
West Virginia State Police
West Virginia Crime Fighters

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oldies4mari2004 - January 9, 2007 04:43 AM (GMT)

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Ell - July 17, 2007 01:28 PM (GMT)
COLD CASE: Police won't give up on women who went missing in 1999
by The Associated Press
Print StoryEmail StoryWESTON -- It's been more than seven years since Mary Friend and her mother, Marcus Maxine Stalnaker, vanished after setting out on a shopping trip. But police are not giving up the search for them.
A diving team will search Stonewall Jackson Lake later this month for clues to the women's disappearance, Lewis County Sheriff Michael Gissy said.

Divers spent more than a week searching the 2,650-acre lake in 2002.

"Our existing team has not attempted to look at this spot,'' Gissy said.

Friend, 46, and her mother, 69, vanished Dec. 1, 1999. Friend's 1987 silver-gray Chevrolet Celebrity was found five days later along U.S. 19 in Gore, but there was no sign of foul play, and no helpful evidence was recovered.

"We are still exploring every possibility. It will remain active and it is a priority for my office,'' Gissy said.

The women lived in Jane Lew with Friend's husband, Kevin, who was out of town at the time they vanished. Police said there were no signs of violence or intruders at the couple's home.

The women's belongings also remained at the house, so there was nothing to indicate they packed and left voluntarily.

tatertot - April 10, 2009 12:03 PM (GMT)

Reward Offered For Missing Lewis County Women
Posted Thursday, April 9, 2009 ; 05:48 PM
Updated Thursday, April 9, 2009 ; 05:53 PM
A man related to two Lewis County women missing since 1999 is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in their disappearance.
Story by Hilary Magacs

WESTON -- Maxine Stalnaker and Mary Friend disappeared in December of 1999.

Karl Hildebrand is Stalnaker's nephew and Friend's cousin.

The Lewis County Sheriff's Department is investigating their disappearance, but hasn't found enough evidence to charge anyone in the case.

Hildebrand says he hopes his five thousand dollar reward will change that.

"I was hoping that maybe someone who was either afraid to come forward or maybe just didn't want the hassle of getting into an investigation might come forward and give some sort of information," says Hildebrand.

If you have any information about the case, call the Lewis County Sheriff's Department at (304) 269-8245.

Ell - April 14, 2009 01:14 AM (GMT)
Reward offered in 1999 W.Va. missing persons case
by The Associated Press

ELKINS, W.Va. -- Family members are offering a $5,000 reward for information in the 1999 disappearance of a Lewis County mother and daughter.

Karl Hildebrand of Morgantown says relatives hope the reward will turn up new information in the case.

Sixty-nine-year-old-year-old Marcus Maxine Stalnaker and her daughter, 46-year-old Mary Friend, disappeared Dec. 1, 1999, after leaving their Jane Lew home to go on a shopping trip. The car they were traveling in was found five days later near the Harrison County community of Gore.

Hildebrand says family members had lost contact with the women after his mother died in 1989. He says Stalnaker is his mother's sister.

Hildebrand says family members learned of the women's disappearance while researching their genealogy.

monkalup - January 5, 2010 09:23 PM (GMT)
The unsolved mystery of the two missing Lewis County, West Virginia women
December 30, 4:44 PMClarksburg Conservative ExaminerJames Maropoulakis

Mary Friend
West Virginia State PoliceIt was just over ten years ago, on Wednesday, December 1, 1999 that 45 year old Mary Friend and her mother, 69 year old Maxine Stalnaker were last seen or heard from. Mary was scheduled to work the following morning at her job at an area dry cleaners, but she never showed up. Maxine, Mary and Mary's husband Kevin Friend lived together on Jesse's Run Road near the small rural town of Jane Lew in Lewis County, West Virginia at Maxine's residence.

The late afternoon of Wednesday, December 1st, 1999 started off with Mary Friend and her mother Maxine Stalnaker driving from their Jesse's Run residence into Jane Lew in Mary's 1987 Chevy station wagon. In part, the purpose of the trip was to pick up Pam Pugh, a sister of Mary's, and then drive to the Joseph Metz residence to have two used tires put on the vehicle. Pam and Mary dropped their mother Maxine off at the Sheetz store at the Jane Lew exit of I-79 (exit 105), where Maxine was picked up by her son Ted Harrison to go shopping, then Mary and Pam proceeded to the Metz residence near the Stonewall Jackson Lake/Stonecoal Lake area to get the tires. They arrived about four p.m. according to reports, and after the tires were installed by Metz, left at six p.m. Joseph Metz was employed at the time at the Wilderness Plantation in Jane Lew, a club/restaurant, and was scheduled to work that evening. Metz, who reportedly did not have his own vehicle, declined a ride to work offered by Mary and Pam. Reports indicate that Metz did not work that evening, but did later obtain a ride to Jane Lew from two neighbors, and then hitch-hiked home. Pam Pugh reports that her sister Mary dropped her off at her Jane Lew residence about 8 to 9 p.m., and then drove herself home. Ted Harrison reports that he dropped his mother Maxine off at the Jesse's Run residence at 5 p.m. Those were the last times either of the two women were seen. Mary was supposed to pick her sister Pam Pugh up the folowing morning, and Pam was supposed to take Mary to work, and then use Mary's car to go Christmas shopping with Joseph Metz.

Mary's husband Kevin had been working in the state of Maryland, and returned home on Friday, December 3rd to find the house empty. He had tried several times unsuccessfully to telephone his wife before he came home, and even tried calling his co-worker's friend who was a friend of Mary's to try and reach her. Mary's car, a 1987 gray Chevy Celebrity station wagon, was found abandoned several miles from the residence parked next to a building on U.S. Route 19 in the town of Gore, West Virginia on Monday December 6th. Police say that there were no signs of struggle or robbery either at the scene where the car was found, or at the residence on Jesse's Run. One source did report that a bloody cloth was removed from the scene inside the residence at Jesse's Run by a family member before the police arrived on Saturday December 4th. In addition, Maxine's young pet Doberman was found dead under the house, and the police have not provided any explanation as to how the animal died.

A second dog, a Border Collie, was missing from the Jesse's Run residence, but was found unharmed in the area of Glady Fork near Stonewall Jackson Lake, approximately ten miles from the Jesse's Run residence. This dog was found at a former residence (at the time abandoned) of Mary and Kevin Friend. This dog was familiar with this area, having previously lived at the location with Mary and Kevin Friend. The Border Collie had originally belonged to Mary Friend's adult son Joseph Metz, who also had a residence in the vicinity close to where the dog was found, but it was being cared for and lived at the Jesse's Run residence at the time of the two women's disappearance.

A purse belonging to one of the two missing women was hooked by a fisherman in the fall of 2002 in Stonewall Jackson Lake in an area near the Skin Creek bridge, also in relatively close proximity to the former Glady Fork Friend residence and the separate residence of Joseph Metz. The Purse contained the identification of both missing women. An extensive ten day search of the lake bottom was conducted at the time with no further results reported. A second search of the lake was conducted in the summer of 2007, again with no results.

It is reported that Joseph Metz submitted to a polygraph test and did not fare well on it. Rumors have been circulating about one family member allegedly conducting some illegal activities for a local business owner, and that Mary Friend threatened to expose this. Authorities have not been able to confirm any of this. Ten years have elapsed, and no charges have yet been filed. Three law enforcement agencies have been involved in the investigation: the FBI, the Lewis County Sherriff, and the West Virginia State Police. If you have any pertinent information that might help solve the mystery of the two missing Lewis County women, please contact the West Virginia State Police:

monkalup - February 20, 2011 05:24 PM (GMT)
Endangered Missing Adult

If you believe you have any information regarding this case that will be helpful in this investigation please contact:
Lewis County Sheriff's Office at (304) 269-8245

Name: Mary Geneva Friend
Classification: Endangered Missing Adult
Date of Birth: 1954-05-01
Date Missing: 1999-12-01
From City/State: Lewis Co., WV
Age at Time of Disappearance: 45
Gender: Female
Race: White
Height: 62 inches
Weight: 130 pounds
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Complexion: Medium
Glasses/Contacts Description: Glasses - large frames
Identifying Characteristics: N/A
Clothing: N/A
Jewelry: N/A
Circumstances of Disappearance: Unknown. Mary was with her friend Marcus Stalnaker (also missing). Their vehicle described as 1987 gray Chevy Celebrity was located abandoned on December 6, 2001near the former Harrison County Bureau of Emergency Service office along Rt. 19, near Gore, WV.
Investigative Agency: Lewis County Sheriff's Office
Phone: (304) 269-8245

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