Regarding the death investigation of Nancy Lynch which began the evening of January 27.
An autopsy was performed on Ms. Lynch. The Medical Examiner determined the cause of death was homicide. Specifically, by stabbing. For the time being, no further information will be released regarding the specifics of the stabbing or the time of death.
In the time since Ms. Lynch was discovered, detectives from St. Albans Police Department have been working around the clock on this case. They’ve been assisted by detectives from the Kanawha Bureau of Investigation.
During the investigation, it was discovered jewelry had been stolen from the Lynch home. It was found in a local pawn shop. The person who pawned this jewelry was Megan M. Hughes (27 yoa from St. Albans).
Ms. Lynch owned two automobiles. They were not at the Lynch home when she was discovered. They were both put in NCIC as stolen. One of the cars, a 2008 Toyota Camry was recovered very early Wednesday morning in Charleston by detectives from SAPD, KBI, and officers from Charleston Police Department. The person who had been driving the car was Timothy P. Shafer (28 yoa from St. Albans). In his company was Megan Hughes. The two are in a romantic relationship.
The second car, a 1991 Toyota Camry has also been located in the Sissonville area.
Ms. Hughes was arrested and charged with Transferring/Receiving Stolen Property regarding the jewelry. Shafer is being charged with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.
The investigation continues in to the death of Nancy Lynch. Many in the community have come forth with helpful information. If anyone else thinks they have any information regarding her death, please contact the St. Albans Police Department.