Suspect in disappearance of two women arraigned in W.Va. court
by Rachel Davis
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Wanda Faye Kiser
Wanda Faye Kiser
Wanda Faye Kiser, 61, was officially charged Thursday in a West Virginia court with two felony counts of concealing human remains.

Kiser was arrested last Wednesday, after authorities located the remains in a storage unit in West Virginia. When authorities arrived to arrest Kiser, she had reportedly taken numerous pills, in what West Virginia authorities called a suicide attempt. Kiser has been in the hospital since that incident, but was released prior to appearing in court Thursday.

A West Virginia news station reported that Kiser was taken back to the hospital following the court appearance Thursday for a severe nosebleed. Multiple West Virginia news outlets have reported that bond for Kiser was set at $50,000 on Thursday.

Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair said late Thursday night that he had not spoken to the prosecutor in West Virginia and could not confirm or comment on those reports.

Each charge of concealing human remains carries a penalty of one to five years in prison and a fine of $1,000 to $5,000 if she is convicted.

The remains, said to be the partial remains of two people, were taken to the West Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office and have not been identified.

A forensic anthropologist from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History has been called in this week to attempt to identify the remains and possibly determine a cause of death.

A skull, found in Jasper in 2012, has been undergoing mitochondrial DNA testing at the University of Texas in an attempt to identify it. Once the testing is complete, it will be sent to the West Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office to be inspected as well.

The skull had been identified as belonging to a “frail, elderly, white woman,” but no other identification has been made.

The remains are thought to be those of Mary Cobb, 104, and her daughter, Wynona Delvecchio, 83, who disappeared in 2002 after Kiser checked them out of a local nursing home.

Kiser has previously served three years of probation for fraud, after she pleaded guilty to stealing more than $10,000 in retirement money intended for Cobb.

Kiser is currently facing a 17-count indictment for forgery relating to Cobb’s retirement funds and other documents filed last month by Adair.

If convicted, each second-degree forgery charge is a Class C Felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison for each count. She has been fighting extradition on that case since early July.