U.S. Marshals capture murder suspect

Christopher Koch. A photo for Vanessa Logan is not available.

EMT faces felony for helping Vanessa Logan evade police

MORGANTOWN — The woman wanted for allegedly murdering a Randolph County man Nov. 18 was found in Morgantown late Thursday afternoon.
Vanessa Logan, 32, has been charged with first-degree murder, according to the press release from the U.S. Marshals Service.
At about 4:20 p.m., the U.S. Marshals Service and members of the Mountain State Fugitive Task Force arrested Logan without incident in the Healthy Heights Mobile Home Park in Monongalia County. 

“At approximately 3:30 p.m., marshals and task force officers established surveillance of a target address within the Healthy Heights Trailer Park, determining Logan was inhabiting the suspect dwelling,” the release stated.
Alex Neville, chief deputy U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of West Virginia, said, “The United States Marshals Service is pleased we were able to apprehend this dangerous fugitive in such a short time frame. The community is now safer than it was with her on the run, and justice may now be served.”

Logan, who was believed to live in Buckhannon, had been sought for the murder of Spencer Zoller, 49, who was found dead of a gunshot wound in a residence on Gum Road near Elkins.

Christopher Warren Koch, 32, of Elkins, was arrested by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday, Nov. 27 for accessory after the fact, a felony, relating to the murder of Zoller, according to Randolph County chief deputy Brad Sharp.

Sharp said it was determined during the investigation that Koch was “instrumental in assisting the murder suspect, Vanessa Logan, in evading law enforcement.”

Allegedly, Koch provided transportation and assisted Logan,32, in locating a place to stay to avoid arrest.

It is stated that Koch also helped secure items to change Logan’s personal appearance and was trying to provide financial support.              

Koch is being held in Tygart Valley Regional Jail on $20,000 cash only bond, according to the Regional Jail Authority website.
Koch was an Upshur County EMT, according to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department but it wasn’t clear if he was still with Upshur EMS at the time of his arrest.

The director of Upshur County EMS, Gloria Burr, confirmed that Koch had worked there by stating, “he was employed here at one time,” but said they could not comment any further on the time period of which he was employed.

Logan also has other outstanding warrants that are unrelated from Maryland and South Carolina. 

According to Deputy Tyler Gordon with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, Logan has a capias in Upshur County for failure to appear for a conspiracy charge.

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