Murder at Hilltop Motel

Murder at Hilltop Motel

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Marcy

AOL

#1 Aug 4, 2009
anyone hear about the murder at Hilltop Motel?
lll

Port Republic, VA

#2 Aug 4, 2009
i drove by and saw theme loading a bodybag into an ambulance but i didn't hear it was a murder
Where

Nicholasville, KY

#3 Aug 4, 2009
Where is Hilltop Motel?
Marcy

AOL

#4 Aug 4, 2009
there's more about this on Richlands topix....
Marcy

AOL

#5 Aug 4, 2009
Claypool Hill, near Richlands
Marcy

AOL

#6 Aug 4, 2009
the man they found dead was 70 years old and was missing ..go to Peapatch, W.Va. forum and read about him .
Marcy

AOL

#7 Aug 4, 2009
the man's name is John Wargo and he is from Peapatch,W. VA.
homer simp

New Hope, VA

#8 Aug 4, 2009
Marcy wrote:
Claypool Hill, near Richlands
not even close. it's n doran.just past the redlite where the old acme market was. on the right just b 4 u get 2 silver spur
Marcy

AOL

#9 Aug 4, 2009
homer simp wrote:
<quoted text>
not even close. it's n doran.just past the redlite where the old acme market was. on the right just b 4 u get 2 silver spur
ok I thought it was at Claypool hill. What is the name of the one at Claypool Hill?
homer simp

New Hope, VA

#10 Aug 4, 2009
there's 2 at C.P.HILL. 1 is the timberline n i can't think what the other is.
Marcy

AOL

#11 Aug 4, 2009
ok now I know ..I was thinking the timberline was the Hilltop..lol, sorry for posting the wrong information...I'm not posting anything else til I get everything right.
elmer simp

AOL

#12 Aug 5, 2009
homer simp wrote:
there's 2 at C.P.HILL. 1 is the timberline n i can't think what the other is.
aint the other one at claypool hill budget inn? and then goin toward bluefield there's the super 8.

right?
homer simp

New Hope, VA

#13 Aug 5, 2009
i do believe u r rite bro. elmer
RIP

Richlands, VA

#14 Aug 5, 2009
John Wargo, a good hearted man from War, West Virginia, was found in room 24 of Hilltop Motel.

The night before he was found, he was seen checking in to the motel with a young couple. The next morning, when they had not checked out, a member of motel management went to the room to remind them of check out time. Noone answered, she entered the room to find 70 year old Mr. Wargo on a bed, not breathing.

Apparently, the couple left taking his green Subaru Outback with them. I am not sure at this time as to whether it has been recovered yet.

Mr. Wargo was an upstanding member of his community, was a beloved school principal for a number of years. He went missing Monday morning. He went to Tazewell county to go to a flea market, and then to Pounding Mill Walmart. Search and Rescue teams were out searching for him, until they got word that he was found, not alive.

Hilltop Motel is located in Doran Virginia. It is just past the turn at the lights (if you make a right, you go into Raven, Exxon is on the corner), and past KFC.

Please keep Mr. Wargo's family and many, many friends in your prayers. This is tragic, and I hope they catch these monsters, and they get what is coming to them.

RIP Mr. Wargo
RIP

Richlands, VA

#15 Aug 5, 2009
More information can be found on the Richlands Topix.

http://www.topix.com/forum/city/richlands-va/...
krank

Nicholasville, KY

#16 Aug 5, 2009
They found his Subaru abandoned on Jewell Ridge
valerie

Greenville, SC

#17 Aug 6, 2009
do they know if he was murdered;
Yes

Richlands, VA

#18 Aug 6, 2009
valerie wrote:
do they know if he was murdered;
Yes, he was murdered sadly.

RICHLANDS – Police have released the name of the victim but not the suspect in an Aug. 4 homicide at a local motel.

Police Chief W.A. Puckett confirmed that the victim was John Wargo, 69, from War WV. He had been reported missing to both the Tazewell and McDowell County Sheriff’s offices after he failed to return home from a trip to a flea market on Aug. 3. Wargo reportedly checked into the Hilltop Motel around 11 a.m. Aug. 3.

Wargo’s body was discovered by a motel employee who entered the room after he failed to check out. The investigation also revealed that the 2003 Subaru Legacy Wargo was driving was not at the motel.

The vehicle was discovered in Russell County later that afternoon. Wargo’s body was sent to Roanoke where an Aug. 5 autopsy was conducted that revealed the victim had been murdered.

Puckett said a suspect has been identified and is the sole focus of the investigation. He said this individual is in custody in a nearby jurisdiction on charges unrelated to this case.

Puckett said he did not believe the suspect would be released from custody in the near future.
Puckett said his investigators hope to go forward with charges at the October session of grand jury. He said the department has enough evidence to place charges against the suspect if he were to be released prior to then.

Puckett said he decided to release the information to calm public fears.“We are focusing on one suspect and he is in custody. There is no need for the public to be alarmed,’ he said.

Wargo is a former school teacher and elementary principal in McDowell and was also active in civic groups. Puckett would not comment on whether Wargo had been to the motel before.
Melissa Hanna

AOL

#19 Jun 30, 2010
what the f**k, i just stayed there, a week ago.
Mark

Scottsdale, AZ

#20 Aug 27, 2011
I love how people try to slander the Motels when things happen there.
It's not the business's fault what people do behind closed xcoors.

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