Detective Seevers Retiring

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Bonnie M. Wells

Longtime Detective Retiring

By Brad Bauer,

From the time he was a little kid, Jeff Seevers liked a good mystery.

The interest and ability to problem-solve led Seevers to a 281/2 year career in law enforcement, most of it as a lead detective with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Over the years, Seevers has worked hundreds of cases — solving more than not, and the last to let go of the more difficult ones.

Although there is plenty more work to be done, Seevers, 48, said he will retire at the end of this week and turn his focus toward a lawn care business he started.

Seevers said the hardest part of his retirement will be walking away from those cold cases. He mentioned a nearly 13-year investigation into the deaths of Kimberly Fulton and her 17-month old son, Daniel. The two were found burned in their Palmer Square home in 1995.

“The one thing I will regret is that I was never able to get an arrest for Vera Paxton (Fulton’s mother),” Seevers said. “I feel very bad about that case because I know how traumatic it was for that family. I promised Vera I would do everything I could and I have. I never forgot about the case, and hopefully someone else will be able to give her the answers she’s looking for.”

Paxton said she never doubted Seevers’ work.

“I’ve always had the utmost respect for Jeff,” Paxton said. “It’ll be 13 years the fifth of March, and it is a really hard time of year for us. But Jeff always kept up with us and I do believe he did everything he could. I have the highest regard for him.”

Sheriff Larry Mincks said Seevers will be missed at the department.

“There aren’t too many high-profile cases Jeff wasn’t assigned to handle,” Mincks said. “He has an outstanding reputation, and although we’ve been training others to fill in for him, his experience will be hard to (replace).”

Seevers said he got the idea for his new job from a few other law enforcement retirees who worked in the Charleston, W.Va.-area. In anticipation of his retirement, he said, he began building his lawn care business two years ago.

“They sold me on this,” he said. “They said it’ll keep me in shape, it’s good outside work, and the stress just isn’t there.”

Law enforcement members from across the community are planning a retirement party for Seevers Friday evening. Seevers said he will only reluctantly attend.

“I don’t know what they have planned, but I’m pretty sure I’m not going to like it,” he said, jokingly.

Mincks said whatever happens, Seevers has likely earned it.

“He’s been dishing it out for years,” he said. “Now, it’s his turn.”


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