North American Missing Persons Network
Mary Geneva Friend

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Above Images: Friend, circa 1999

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 1, 1999 from Gore, Lewis County, West Virginia
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: August 1, 1954
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 5'2"
  • Weight: 130 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Wears eyeglasses with large frames.

  • Details of Disappearance
    Friend was last seen with her mother, Marcus Maxine Stalnaker, at their residence in Lewis County, West Virginia during the evening hours of December 1, 1999. Police found no signs of violence or intruders at the house. Neither of the women has been heard from again.

    Friend's gray 1987 Chevrolet Celebrity was discovered abandoned on December 6, 1999.

    A photo of Friend's car is posted below this case summary. The vehicle was located in Clarksburg on Route 19 close to the former Harrison County Bureau of Emergency Services near Gore, West Virginia. Again, there was no sign of foul play and no helpful evidence was recovered.

    A witness reported seeing two women matching Friend and Stalnaker's descriptions in Ohio in late June 2000. The witness claimed that the women sat near her in the bleachers during a race at an unspecified location. The tip has never been confirmed by authorities.

    In August 2007, law enforcement announced that a fisherman had found a purse with all of the information for both women in Stonewall Jackson Lake in 2002.

    Joseph Metz, 39, of Horner, David Martin Hughes, 58, and Charles Steven Freeman, 51, both of Archbold, Ohio, were released from North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County. Each had been charged with two counts of murder, robbery and kidnapping in the cold case involving 69-year-old Maxine Stalnaker and her 45-year-old daughter Mary Geneva Friend. Stalnaker and Friend were reported missing in 1999. Metz is the son of Friend and the grandson of Stalnaker. A court officials said the dismissals were the result of a legal technicality.

    Above Image: Friend's car

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Lewis County Sheriff's Office
    (304) 269-8251
    West Virginia State Police
    (304) 367-2747
    Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI)
    West Virginia Field Office
    (304) 624-6200

    Source Information
    Charleston Daily Mail - August 3, 2007