On Thursday, Apr. 2, at approximately 4:54 a.m., Greenbrier County 911 received a call of a residential structure fire at 291 Fullen Cemetery Road near Ronceverte. Members of the Ronceverte and Fairlea Fire Departments, Fairlea EMS, and the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call.
Once the fire was extinguished, two individuals were found deceased inside the home. They were later identified as Joseph Daniel Foster, 72, and his wife Daisy Ethel Foster, 51. Their deaths are being investigated as a double homicide.
Lieutenant G. R. Workman of the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s office is the lead investigator, along with investigators from the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office and the West Virginia State Police.
Investigators from these agencies are requesting any information from the public regarding activities occurring in the area of River Road and the Fullen Cemetery Road between the hours of 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 1, and 5 a.m. on Thursday, Apr. 2, to include vehicular or pedestrian traffic. All information is welcome, including that which may appear to be insignificant or unrelated.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office has authorized a $5,000 reward for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s). Please call 304-647-6634 or 304-647-7911 with any information, or submit tips to www.crimestopperswv.com.
Multiple fundraisers have been set up for the victim’s two daughters, as they deal both with their parent’s funeral expenses and the loss of the family home. A Paypal account has been established under the email firstname.lastname@example.org, or donations can be made directly at any City National Bank location. There is a fundraiser also started on Facebook. Visit the Mountain Messenger Facebook page for more information.