Foul play suspected in Monroe County death

On Thursday, Aug. 27, members assigned to the Union Detachment of the West Virginia State Police were dispatched to an unattended death in the Cashmere area of Monroe County. Since that time, Troopers have identified the deceased as Gary Lester, 55, of Ballard.
The West Virginia State Police is working closely with the State Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death in this matter. It is suspected that foul play was involved. Anyone with any information on the death of Gary Lester is urged to contact the Union Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, at 304-772-5100 or All callers/reporters may remain anonymous.
Further questions related to this investigation should be directed to Sergeant C. K. McKenzie or Corporal S. S. Keaton at the Union State Police Detachment.


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