Suspect in disappearance of two women back in county
by Ron Harris
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Wanda Faye Kiser, a suspect in the 2002 disappearance of two elderly women, was returned to Jasper Wednesday afternoon and immediately taken to the Walker County Jail. Daily Mountain Eagle - Ron Harris
Wanda Faye Kiser, a suspect in the 2002 disappearance of two elderly women, was returned to Jasper Wednesday afternoon and immediately taken to the Walker County Jail. Daily Mountain Eagle - Ron Harris
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A woman believed responsible for the disappearance of two elderly Jasper women was returned to Walker County Wednesday afternoon.

Wanda Faye Kiser, 61, was flown from West Virginia on a state airplane and arrived at Bevill Field a little after 3 p.m. Wednesday. She was quickly transported to the Walker County Jail, where she’s being held on bonds totaling $500,000.

Kiser is thought to be the person responsible for the 2002 disappearance of 104-year-old Mary Cobb and her 83-year-old daughter, Wynona Delvecchio.

Kiser was indicted earlier this year on 17 counts of forgery involving Cobb’s Railroad Retirement Fund and Delvecchio's alimony checks. She was arrested on July 9 in West Virginia.

“We’re pleased that we’re one step closer to getting some justice for Miss Cobb and Miss Delvecchio, in addition to the people of this county,”  Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair said Wednesday. “This will start the process to rolling, and everything should occur pretty quickly from here on out.”

More charges are expected to be filed against Kiser in the coming weeks.

“We anticipate there will be another grand jury seated very soon about further charges against Miss Kiser,” Adair said.

Kiser is being represented by Birmingham attorney Richard Jaffe.

Officials believe Kiser checked Delvecchio out of a nursing home she was living in and Delvecchio, in turn, checked her mother out of the nursing home. The women were last heard from in early 2002, when all communication and medical records stopped for both women.

In 2004, investigators for the railroad’s retirement system raised questions about the location of the women because of Cobb’s age. Kiser, who had relocated to West Virginia, reportedly used another elderly woman to impersonate Cobb. After the woman was proven not to be Cobb, Kiser was charged and convicted of wire fraud.

In July 2012, the case was revived when the current residents found a human skull in the crawlspace beneath the home Cobb once owned in the South Lowell subdivision.

Subsequent searches of the house and surrounding area did not turn up any other bones.

Adair has confirmed the skull belonged to one of the missing women, but didn’t say which woman.

In August, Kiser was charged in West Virginia after skeletal remains were found inside a storage building in Summersville, W.Va. Kiser faces two counts of concealing a dead body there.