Bring Annita Musto Price Home
Due to the diligence of Annita's family and tips to law enforcement we now believe we have located the sight of Annita's remains. In the fall of 2015 human remain dogs were sent to an area near Moundsville, that is the believed burial site, all dogs alerted to remains in the area. This is the same area that dogs had once before alerted to remains ten years earlier. After the dogs alerted to human remains we hired a private contractor to come and run a ground penetrating radar to establish if there were any disturbances in the ground in that area. The results revealed there is disturbance in the area.
With all of the evidence that has come forward we are now ready for the last stage of bringing our mother home. The actual recovery phase. This is were we need your help. The cost for recovery is not cheap. We will need heavy digging equipment, equipment operators, meals and accomodations for the volunteers working on the recovery, and we will have to pay to restore the area to its original condition when we have completed our task. Our hope is to begin this process as soon as possible.
We have waited 42 years to reach this resolution. She missed seeing her children grow up and was robbed of being involved with her 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Annita and her family deserve justice. It means everything to all of us. Please consider helping us bring her home.
Thank you all for your generosity and your prayers. God Bless you all.
Madonna Layne and Leonard Price Jr.
Annita's daughter and son
We thank you all for your support but due to many circumstances beyond our control and after much thought, tears and prayer we have decided at this time to suspend our search efforts.
This is an update written by my brother Leonard Price Jr on behalf of both of us.
For those who may not know, understand, or have the proper information:
Over the course of the last couple years the investigation into the disappearance of Annita Price had led us to a site south of Moundsville. This was the same area of interest that a series of small excavations were performed in 2004-2006. In 2015 we again performed searches with search dogs. Theses dogs all alerted to the same area as years before. The underbrush was then removed and we employed the use of a ground penetrating radar to search the area. After these tasks were accomplished we attempted twice at excavating the site. However, twice we were turned back because of water intrusion of the site. The water made the ground unstable and unsafe. Long discussions were had on the proper equipment needed and process to try again to excavate the site.
At this point it was obvious that it would be a complicated and very expensive endeavor. Therefore a decision had to be made to continue with the excavation or suspend the operations.
A full review was done of the entire case file. Including audio tapes of police interviews. It was my decision, at that point, to get clarification on some questions concerning the case.
Some of the questions surrounded Bobby Elkins. His statement to the police in 2005 did not coincide with court documents from 1973-1974.
1- His statement to the police indicated he did not know that she had moved from a house into an apartment. However, Bobby was seen at the apartment on three separate occasions by private investigators from Oct-Jan.
2- Bobby's move to Cleveland. He vacated his apartment, gave away his car, quit his job, and even left his final paycheck uncollected. This move happened less than one week from the date she was reported missing. Bobby was quoted as saying "Lola and Terry didn't want me to be in Moundsville alone".
3- Bobby also reported taking Items from Annita's apartment before he left town.
On March 19, 2017 I decided to travel to Cleveland to ask for an explanation of why he would not tell the police about her apartment, why he moved from town so quickly and why he would remove items from her apartment.
The move to Cleveland and the quote were subject to question because why would a brother leave town so abruptly less than a week after his sister was missing. And further, why would he remove items from her apartment?
It was my opinion that before proceeding with any final decision on a possible excavation, these questions, along with others, should be asked and answered. This was done in an attempt to add additional information to the case as well as close a few holes. This information would then be weighed to help make a decision.
Our heavy equipment operator tried for several hours to fight the water but as it mixed with the silt from the gypsum plant it created a mess that could not be overcome or contained. We were forced to abandon the dig that weekend.
The plant manager was on hand and assured us the silt would be removed and we would be welcome to come back again once they had the water and silt issues resolved.
As of today, the company has kept their word and have removed approximately 5 feet of silt from the original ground level. We were notified of this and told that time was of the essence. We need to get back up there and dig before the silt covers the area again. (Silt is a byproduct of the gypsum board produced by the company)
As you can imagine the first search was very expensive. We covered a lot of the hotel, food, travel and equipment costs of the people who came to help with the search. It is for that reason we are continuing the gofundme campaign at this time. We are trying to get back to Moundsville in the next couple of weeks with our search team and will need additional funds to help pay the costs associated with a search such as this.
If you have already donated, Thank you. We ask that you help us by continuing to share this post.
If you have not or can not donate that is fine, we just ask that you share this with all of your friends and family and encourage them to share as well.
Most importantly please pray for our family and for a successful resolution for this case. It is very difficult emotionally to get ourselves "up" for these searches.
Thanks a lot and we will keep you all posted as things progress.
Scott Wheeler Development for their help in the excavation.
Mark Augustine and Scott Dolin with Certainteed Gypsum.
Dr. Cheryl Johnston and her team from WCU.
Kelly Ayers with WVU Forensic Science department.
1st Lt. Danny Swiger with WV State Police
Sheryl McCollum with CCIRI and her team
CUE Center for Missing Persons
Tyler County Search and Rescue
We also wish to thank some donors who wish to remain anonymous but found it in their hearts to give $100. We, Annita's family, know who you are and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
These donations bring our total to date to $729.
Ms. Layne My wife and I produce an online series devoted to cold cases in the state of West Virginia. If you think we could be of any help via one of these features then by all means let us know. This is just the type of case we have been profiling. Mysteriouswv.com