Body found in Portland gravel pit

PORTLAND, Ohio — The body of a West Virginia man was discovered Sunday in a gravel pit of a Meigs County business.

The body of Brandon M. Lupardus, 30, of Milwood, W.Va., was found by a worker on the property of the Shelly Gravel Company in Portland.

According to Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood, deputies received a call at about 4 p.m. Sunday from an employee of the gravel company about a body that was discovered in a gravel pit.

Deputies responded to the scene, along with Meigs County Emergency Medical Services.

Sheriff’s deputies secured the scene and Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was called to assist in processing and investigation. The Meigs County coroner’s investigator was also present, and Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney Colleen Williams was made aware of the pending investigation.

While still on site, deputies were informed by the Ripley (W.Va.) Police Department and the Jackson County (W.Va.) BCI that their offices had received information concerning the death of a West Virginia man in Ohio. They were told he had been shot in a gravel pit.

Details were relayed between both agencies, and the victim was positively identified as Lupardus. His body was taken to the Montgomery County (W.Va.) Coroner’s Office for autopsy.

During the course of the investigation, Ripley police and the Jackson County BCI identified a possible suspect as Christopher M. Dailey, 44, of Sandyville, W.Va.

Meigs deputies ran a trace on a cellular phone number, identified as Dailey’s by the JCBCI.

Together with agents from the Ohio BCI and Gallia-Meigs Task Force, detectives from Jackson County BCI, Jackson County (W.Va.) Sheriff’s Department, Ravenswood (W.Va.) Police Department, Ripley Police Department, Parkersburg (W.Va.) Police Department and the West Virginia State Police and Meigs deputies, worked through the night to locate Dailey.

Upon apprehending the suspect in Wood County, W.Va., Dailey was arrested on a criminal charge of murder as issued from the Meigs County Court of Common Pleas. Two more males and one female were also detained for questioning.

Dailey awaits a court hearing in West Virginia for extradition to Ohio.

Wood noted the high level of cooperation between the numerous agencies, and expressed his appreciation to them as well as citizens who assisted with the case.

Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2115, Ext. 2551

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