Police name suspect in murder of man in county residence

by Kate Shunney

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department has issued a warrant for the arrest of a man in the killing of a county resident in his home late last week.

Ian Bosben-Grayson is now wanted for homicide in the death of Geoffrey Thomas Reed, 75, sometime between Thursday, March 9 and Friday, March 10.

Suspect Ian Patrick Bosben-Grayson. His beard is now shaved.

Police are looking for Grayson, 30, who is a white male with red hair. He’s described as being 5’7” in height and weighing 250-300 lbs. He was last seen operating a purple 2014 Toyota Avalon with the license plate 2YW-516.

Grayson is considered extremely dangerous and police advise members of the public not to approach him. Instead they should contact 911.

Reed is believed to have died as a result of blunt force trauma. A post-mortem examination was to be underway on Monday in Charleston at the Office of the Medical Examiner.

Sheriff K.C. Bohrer said deputies were initially called to a residence on Clear Spring Lane off Pine Grove Road in southern Morgan County around 2:20 p.m. on Friday, March 10 for the report of a deceased person.

Ian Bosben-Grayson with victim’s vehicle on March 10.

According to Sheriff Bohrer, police were told the deceased man’s girlfriend had not been able to contact him on Thursday or Friday, so she traveled to his Morgan County home to check on him and found him dead.

Deputies determined the manner of death to be homicide and called in the West Virginia State Police Crime Scene Unit on Friday, when the homicide investigation began.

On Saturday, March 11, Sheriff Bohrer identified the man as Reed, who lived in his home alone. The home is situated in a wooded area. Police have spoken with nearby neighbors as part of the investigation. No other injuries have been reported.

Sheriff Bohrer said police are interested in any information about suspicious activity in the area of Clear Spring Lane on Thursday, March 9 or Friday, March 10. Investigators are also in search of anyone in the area who has video surveillance they could review.

Lt. Seth Place is the lead investigator on the case. Sheriff Bohrer and Chief Deputy Johnnie Walter are assisting in the case. The K9 team from Frederick County, Virginia assisted local law enforcement in search wooded areas in conjunction with the homicide investigation.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office can be reached at 304-258-1067. The public can also call 304-258-0305, the 911 dispatch center’s non-emergency line, to reach investigators with any pertinent information.