Authorities have a “person of interest” who they are investigating in connection to a dead body and two bedridden persons being found in their home in Varney last week.

According to Mingo County Prosecutor Duke Jewell, charges have not been been filed at this time.

“We will probably do that next week,” he said. “Right now we are just trying to get a look at the bigger picture and to determine how long this has been going on.”

The West Virginia State Police were called on last week to assist the Adult Protective Service on a neglect complaint. Upon arriving, George Blair, 60, was found dead, said WVSP Sgt. M. Lively.

Lively and Jewell said that it appears that Blair had been dead for several weeks before his body was discovered.

In addition, Lively said, Blair’s 58-year-old wife and 38-year-old son were found bedridden at the residence and needed medical treatment. They were taken to the Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center in South Williamson, Kentucky, and were later transferred to the Pikeville (Kentucky) Medical Center.

A woman was supposed to be taking care of the family, Lively said, and has since retained legal counsel.

Animal control officers were also called to the scene and removed two dogs that were tied to interior door handles.

Jewell said he and the WVSP are in daily contact concerning the investigation. 

He said he is also waiting on preliminary information from the state medical examiner’s office.

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