The Murder Of Patrick Arnold

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Bonnie M. Wells



$10,000 Reward In Shooting Death

By Sam Shawver

sshawver@mariettatimes.com // October 4th, 2008


The person who shot 42-year-old Patrick Arnold in July at his Newport Township home likely knew him and more than one person may have been involved, Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said Friday.

"One person pulled the trigger, but we believe there were several persons who knew of it afterwards," he said. "We do have specific persons of interest and have narrowed our focus down to a select group of individuals.

"We feel very strongly that it was a person who knew him fairly well, but we don't believe it was a family member," Mincks added.

Mincks made the statements Friday during the announcement of a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for his murder.

Millwright Local Union 1755 of Parkersburg and Arnold's family are offering the reward.

"Right after it happened, the union members got together and wanted to do whatever we could to help out," said Buddy Malone, service representative for Local 1755. "We discussed it early on with the family and the sheriff, and he felt that now would be the best time to offer the reward."

Malone said Arnold had been a union member for more than 18 years and was well-respected at the Pleasants Power Station where he worked on mechanical equipment.

"He was a real good millwright. Every time we did work there, they requested him as the foreman," Malone added.

He said Arnold's brother also works with the union.

"We're like a close-knit family," he said.

Mincks urged anyone with information about the crime, even if they were not involved, to come forward.

"We've already had a lot of cooperation from a number of people who were close to Arnold, and cooperation from his family has been above and beyond the call of duty in this investigation," he said.

Mincks said his office is aware of several possible motives for the murder, but that information is not being released as the investigation is still active.

"But based on information collected to date, we believe there are persons out there who may have had knowledge before or after the incident," he said.

On July 25, a neighbor found Arnold's body outside the victim's home at 2410 Bells Run Road. The ensuing investigation has so far resulted in no arrests, but Mincks said Friday he still has several deputies working full time on the case.

In addition to being a millwright, Arnold owned several rental properties in Washington County. He was reportedly divorced, had no children and lived alone.


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Washington County officials say they have several persons of interest in a July homicide case.

Authorities found 42 year old Patrick Arnold dead in his Bells Run home on July 24.

They say he was killed by a gun shot wound to the chest.

Sheriff Larry Mincks says forensic evidence has led them to a group he believes was involved in the crime.

The Sheriff's Office is urging anyone with any information to come forward.

There is now a $10,000 reward.

You can contact the Sheriff's tip line at (740) 373-1023.

Arrest Made In The 2008 Murder Of Patrick Arnold

WTAP NEWS // August 1, 2012

The Washington County Sheriff's Office arrests Mark Stevens for the 2008 murder of Patrick Arnold.

The arrest was made after a 4 year investigation.

Investigators say when going through a list of interviews, one person was able to provide details linking 48 year old Stevens to the murder of Arnold.

Through that confidential informant, detectives were able to record conversation in which Stevens talked about specific details about the crime.

Washington Co. Sheriff Larry Mincks says during an interview with detectives, Stephens admitted to the murder and provided details about the crime that only the killer would know.


Congratulations to the Washington County Sheriff's Department & Cold Case Detective Jeff Seevers on this arrest.


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