On May 30, 1974, Annita Price of Moundsville disappeared on her way to work. She was never found, and for 42 years, she has been listed as a missing person.
All these years later, her children are still trying to figure out what happened to their mom. With the help of the West Virginia State Police, they may soon have some answers in the cold case.
Madonna Layne was just five-years-old when her mother, Annita Price, was reported missing after she left for work, but never made it there.
A tip had come in in 2004 to the West Virginia State Police that lead the family to believe that foul play could have been involved.
42 years later, the family is back in Marshall County conducting a search where they believe Annita’s body may be buried, near the Gypsum Plant.
“We’ve had dogs in the area, human remain dogs, run several times,” Layne said. “Yesterday would have been I think the third or fourth time that we’ve had dogs run. Dogs keep alerting to something in this one particular area in front of the plant that we’re looking at. We really feel like it’s necessary to dig. Something is there.”
In 1974, when Annita went missing, the Gypsum Plant didn’t exist. The area where several human remain dogs have responded to is not covered by a road or building so it is possible to excavate.
The family and team of experts ran into some problems digging on Saturday, and they have to re-route a water source before the dig can continue. Layne and her brother said they are “cautiously optimistic” that the search will give them some of the answers they need.
Several groups of experts and workers are in town for the dig, but it is hard to tell when work will resume due to the water source relocation.
“We just want to find our mom. It’s been 42 years, and we want to be able to put her to rest properly, and we just want answers,” Layne said.
She said if the dig does not result in the discovery of her mother’s remains, investigators will at least know they can turn their attention elsewhere, and help the family find some closure four decades past due.