Person of Interest in Former Coal Executive Murder Case Arrested


UPDATE: 11:50 AM 5/25/16

According to the West Virginia State Police, Brandon Fitzpatrick is a person of interest in the Ben Hatfield murder investigation.

Fitzpatrick was arrested for unrelated charges during a traffic stop in Elsmere, Kentucky. Two West Virginia State Police Troopers are heading to Elsmere to interview Fitzpatrick.

UPDATE: 3:30 5/24/16

Mingo County Sheriff James Smith says Ricky Dean Peterson has been arrested for giving police false information during the Mingo County Murder Investigation. Smith adds Peterson gave false information about the whereabouts of Anthony Arriaga.

UPDATE: 3:00 5/24/16

According to the Mingo County Sheriff, Anthony Arriaga has waved his extradition and will be transported to Mingo County Wednesday. 

UPDATE: Tuesday, 5/24/16 2:50 p.m.

According to West Virginia State Police, Anthony Arriaga told troopers he jumped in the river, then asked someone for a clean pair of clothes and a ride.

Police arrested Arriaga nearly five hours away in Lima, Ohio just before 3:00 Tuesday morning.

State Police are asking for the public’s help in the case as they are not sure why Arriaga was in the area. They are asking anyone who saw him to contact WVSP or the Mingo County Sheriff’s Office.

An extradition hearing began early Tuesday afternoon in Allen County.

UPDATE: 9:40 5/24/16

Anthony Arriaga has been arrested for the murder of Ben Hatfield according to West Virginia State Police. Arriage was arrested in Allen County, Ohio.

UPDATE: 10:36 pm 5/23/16

Mingo County Sheriff James Smith said with the information investigators have been able to gather they hope to be able to name a suspect Tuesday morning. Smith added Hatfield’s girlfriend reported him missing, and when investigators pinged his cell phone it led to his body.

Hatfield’s SUV was found at the cemetery.

The West Virginia State Police are asking that anyone who saw anything suspicious to call 304-235-6300.


Investigators confirm the body found at a cemetery in Mingo County on Monday morning is Ben Hatfield, the former CEO of Patriot Coal.

Mingo County prosecutor Teresa Maynard said this is a homicide investigation.

His body was found at the Mountain View Memory Gardens. 

We will update this story as more information become available.

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