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Angela "Cherice" Gwinn Stephens
Angela Cherice Gwinn Stephens was allegedly last seen on October 1, 1993, by her husband Norman Stephens who claimed she had dropped him off at work that morning before disappearing.
When questioned about his wife’s disappearance Norman Stephens says he has no idea what happened to Cherice only that she “just left.” Despite insisting he was telling the truth, Norman Stephens refused to take a polygraph test to clear himself of any suspicion.
His Refusal to take a lie detector test in of itself is not an indication of guilt but his filing for divorce less than a month after her vanishing speaks volumes beside the fact he hired an attorney and still refuses to cooperate with authorities.
WV Trooper Jerry Brooks along with numerous officers and 13 cadaver dogs searched the 98 acre family farm in 1997. The dogs hit inside an old cellar/shack right behind Cherice and Normans home. Troopers dug it up but found nothing which has led family and friends to believe that she could have been put their for a shot period of time and then later moved to another location.
But the most questionable event surrounding this case involves the Breckenridge Missionary Baptist Church in Bolt WV which is just a rocks throw away from Norman Stephens family farm. At the time of Cherice’s disappearance the church was in the process of constructing a new addition onto the original building. Due to suspicious behavior from certain individuals and circumstances surrounding a personal investigation conducted by some of Cherice's family members suggested that there may be clues to Cherice's disappearance in the old septic tank that was blacktopped over and is now used as part of the churches parking lot. Cherice's family and friends asked the good people of the church to help them by allowing professionals and authorities to search the old septic tank at the families expense. Many of the church members were willing to help but after a private closed-door meeting between board members, pastor Dewey Lowe and head trustee Tom Harmon, who is also related to Norman Stephens and lives on the same family farm denied Cherice's family permission.
When authorities approached the pastor with the question of "why not" his answer was "you will need a warrant".
Still to this day the Gwinn family and friends would like to search the septic tack at no expense to the church.
For years Tommy Gwinn Sr. and his son continued to search for Cherice and would post flyers with her picture throughout the area but sadly her pictures would continuously be torn down over and over.
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Tommy Gwinn Sr. passed away on March 5, 2008 but before his passing he stated, “When I enter heaven I’ll know exactly what happened to her.” Cherice's brother made a vow to never stop searching for his little sister.
1st Sgt. Dwayne Bowles with the WV State Police is in charge of Cherice's Investigation.
1st Sgt. Bowles can be contacted at 304-647-7600
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Story In State Journal
At a Raleigh County Commission meeting Tuesday morning, a petition was granted declaring Angela Cherice Gwinn Stephens legally dead.
Cherice has been missing for over 20 years.
After Tuesday's meeting May 6 2014, what was a missing person case, is now a homicide investigation, which means, State Police can now focus their resources on finding her remains and arresting the suspect.
Cherice's aunt told 59News being able to bury her remains would put their family at peace.
"Once you lay that body down, you know that they're at rest and at peace. Not having any remains to put down, it's like where is she? Has she struggled? Did she struggle in her life?" said Brenda Pyatt.
Cherice's best friend shared with us the last conversation she had with her, just hours before Cherice went missing.
"She explained to me that she and Norman, her husband, had a big argument. She asked me if she could move in with me while they got things straightened out. I said sure. That night, I got the phone call asking if I knew where she was," said Paula Hager.
State Police Sgt. D. L. Bowles said now that the case will be treated as a homicide investigation, they can apply their manpower to finding the suspected killer.
"We have suspects and leads, today changed the mindset of it, it brings it to a place where now we can build a case and prosecute someone as opposed to just trying to locate someone," said Sgt. Bowles.
Family and friends told 59News they can take a sigh of relief knowing they're now one step closer to having closure.
"Having justice, to whoever did whatever they did to her and took her away from us, and closure, which we will never have 100 percent of, but at least we will know exactly what happened and that's our main goal," said Cherice's brother, Thomas Stanton Gwinn, Jr.
The family has started a website highlighting what they believe happened to Cherice, and how you can help.
CrimeStoppers has offered a cash reward up to $5,000 if any tip, that can remain anonymous, leads to an arrest.
If you have any information, you're urged to call State Police or CrimeStoppers.