Island Woman’s Death Ruled a Homicide

The West Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office has made a preliminary finding in the death of Rayna Shae Vaughan, 21, of Wheeling as homicide by blunt force trauma to the head. Detectives are actively gathering evidence, conducting interviews and seeking information on this case.

The Wheeling Police Department discovered the body at 7:39 p.m. Wednesday in addition to a crying child locked in the home. Police believe the child had been locked in the home with the body for at least 24 hours. Officers had responded to the home to do a welfare check as Vaughan had not answered numerous calls from a concerned party. Officials forced entry into the home where they found the child and body.

The body was sent to the office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Charleston with detectives in attendance.

The child is now under the supervision of DHHR and Child Protective Services, according to police spokesman Philip Stahl. This case is still under investigation by the Wheeling Police Department.

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