The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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May 6, 2014

Woman missing since 1993 declared dead

State Police say all leads exhausted in search for Angela Cherice Gwinn Stephens

BECKLEY — Raleigh County Commissioners addressed a variety of issues Tuesday morning, including the end of a sad chapter of the area’s history.

Commissioners signed a petition that presumes the death of Angela Cherice Gwinn Stephens. Stephens disappeared in October 1993.

Stephens was last seen on the morning of Oct. 1, 1993. Her husband, Norman E. Stephens II, told police she dropped him off at United Parcel Service in Beckley where he worked.

Norman Stephens said his young wife never returned to pick him up.

According to Register-Herald archives, Norman Stephens did not report his wife missing, but filed for divorce 27 days after she vanished.

According to a 1997 story in The Register-Herald, Stephens told police Cherice later called him from an "undisclosed out-of-town location" and informed him she was not coming back.

The disappearance was reported to authorities by her family on Sept. 12, 1994 — nearly a year later.

Dave Tolliver, commission president, said Tuesday that State Police have exhausted all leads in their search for Stephens.

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The commission approved a waterline extension commitments letter for Bragg-Pluto. The project has approximately half of its $700,000 grant award left. The first half was drawn down for design expenses.

The Women’s Resource Center’s grant application for $40,000 was approved, as well.

Bids for the custodial contract for several county buildings were taken under advisement, Tolliver said.

Commissioners also approved the $60,000 funding contract with the Raleigh County Health Department.

The commission meets again in special session May 12 and in regular session May 20.

— E-mail: ppritt@register-herald.com

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