In a truly frightening story out of West Virginia, a manhunt remains ongoing for a man suspected of involvement in the murder of a 46-year-old Morgantown man, according to WSAZ NewsChannel 3 in Huntington.
Arlo Whiteoak Romano, 42, is wanted in the May drug-related death of Matt Moore, whose body was found in the Round Bottom Road area of Monongalia County.
Another man, Cleotis Eppes of Michigan, was arrested earlier this month, also in connection with Moore’s killing, though Romano has continued to elude authorities.
In addition to a first-degree murder charge, Eppes is facing counts of felony conspiracy and of conspiracy to sell and/or distribute a controlled substance, according to Clarksburg NBC affiliate WBOY.
While Romano does regrettably remain on the loose, he was reportedly spotted in the vicinity of the Chestnut Ridge Campground over the weekend, sending the manhunt into even sharper focus.
Romano was described by police as being a heavily-tattooed white male standing 5’10” tall and weighing 175 pounds, who was last seen in a dark-colored shirt and dark shorts.
Monongalia County Sheriff Perry Palmer detailed his team’s continued efforts to find Romano and explained to WAJR News, “The people in that area need to be cautious, keep your doors locked, keep your vehicles locked – that person has not moved far in the last 30 hours.”
Furthermore, Palmer indicated that entrances to the recreation area will be manned by police deputies until further notice and that “the park will be closed until we get another sighting or we have the suspect in custody.”
Hopefully Romano will be located and arrested in the immediate future so that the citizens of Monongalia and Preston counties can rest easy in the knowledge that he is safely behind bars and the threat to their community has been neutralized.