- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

SPENCER, W.Va. (AP) - The sheriff-elect of Roane County is on leave after evidence at the Spencer Police Department went missing.

Media outlets report that Matthew “Bo” Williams, a Spencer police officer and the county’s sheriff-elect, was placed on leave Friday.

Spencer Mayor Terry Williams said in a statement Tuesday that “evidence collected in certain criminal investigations was missing.” On Thursday, Spencer Police Chief Greg Nichols confirmed that Williams was placed on leave in connection to the case.

A trooper from outside Roane County has been assigned to investigate the incident.

In the event of a resignation, the Roane County Commission would appoint a replacement who belongs to the same party.

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