Starina Woods

“I want my baby home, either way. If any of you know anything, seen or heard anything, just let us know because I’m dying more and more inside because I don’t know where my baby is at.”

Starina Woods, 34, was last seen alive on March 10, 2016, at her home in Charleston, West Virginia. After not hearing from her for over two months, a family member reported her missing on May 19th. A family member. Not her husband. Let’s keep that in mind.

In my humble opinion, that is enough reason to be immediately suspicious of him. Aside from the fact that the investigating officers determined that there had been an altercation between Star and her husband before she went missing, according to her family he had a habit of being abusive toward her.

Starina’s husband told police that he thought she’d ‘ran off’ to Ecuador with another man. They took the lead, and it came back fruitless. As so often these types of leads do. Homeland Security provided that Starina didn’t even have a US Passport, and there had been absolutely no documentation of a border crossing.

He said she’d withdrawn a large amount of money from their bank account, somewhere around $29,000. She did not.

Her cellphone was never turned on again after March 11th.. however, someone was using her debit card to make numerous purchases and pay bills. One of which was for minutes for a pre-paid cell phone, and the purchase was actually made from the husbands work computer.

In June, a search warrant was served on the husband for their home. Investigators say a SIGNIFICANT amount of blood was discovered; Some visible to the naked eye, but the majority was not. It was hers. To give a little more information, the blood was found throughout the home. The front door. The stairs. The living room. That sounds pretty indicative of a struggle.

Her case was changed from a missing person investigation to a homicide. I think we all know what happened to Star and who was responsible. Unfortunately, the two months it took for her to be reported missing is more than enough time to dispose of a body.

If you have any information to help bring closure to this family, please contact the West Virginia State Police at 1-304-348-6480.

4/10/2018 Update:
Starina’s husband has been charged with fraud. I’ve included the link, but I’ll go ahead and copy/paste the article, just in case it at some point gets taken off the news site.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A man has been charged after using his missing wife’s debit card until the bank froze the account.
Arthur Woods, 39, of Charleston, is charged with fraud and related activity in connection with access devices. According to the criminal complaint, Woods’ wife Starina was last seen or known to be alive around March 10 of 2016. Woods told investigators in June 2016 he hadn’t seen or used a debit card solely owned by Starina and suspected she had taken it with her when she left him on March 10. Investigators learned Woods had used
Starina’s debit card multiple times on or after March 10. He was also captured on video using Starina’s debit card. According to the criminal complaint, Woods continued to use the debit card until the account obtained a several hundred dollar negative balance and was frozen by the bank in May 2016. Police say Starina’s disappearance is suspicious.

5/22/2019 Update:
Starina’s husband has been arrested in connection with her murder!!!
NICHOLAS COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — UPDATE 5/22/19 @ 5:20 p.m.

A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of his wife who has been missing for more than three years, Charleston Police said Wednesday.
Arthur Owen Woods, 40, of Mt. Nebo, West Virginia, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Starina Woods.
Arthur Woods was arrested in Nicholas County, West Virginia, according to Charleston Police. He will be arraigned Thursday morning in Nicholas County Magistrate Court. He is in custody at the Central Regional Jail in Flatwoods awaiting his arraignment.
Starina “Star” Woods, 34, of Charleston, was last seen alive on March 10, 2016. According to a search warrant filed Oct. 5, her husband told police he believes Starina had run off to Ecuador. It turns out, though, that she didn’t even have a U.S. passport.
Last year, Arthur Woods was arrested after investigators say he used his late wife’s debit card until the bank froze the account. 

5/23/2019 Update:
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — Starina Woods’ family has been searching for closure for more than three years.

She went missing in 2016 and hasn’t been seen since. Officers arrested her husband for murder, and her son tells Eyewitness News it brings a glimpse of closure he has been searching for.

“The last time I saw my mom was my 15th birthday,” Starina’s son Dakoda Underwood said. “It’s been really hard for me and my sister.”

Underwood is getting ready to graduate high school. He has spent most of his teenage years without a mother. After officers arrested his mother’s husband, Arthur Owen Woods, for her murder Wednesday, Underwood said he experienced relief, although he still has many questions.

“I’m just glad he is where he is now,” Underwood said. “I’m glad just knowing he is not out there walking around. He could be looking for another victim or someone else.”

Investigators said Woods has been a suspect from the beginning. Search warrants stated blood spatter was found inside of the couple’s home on Lance Drive in Charleston. It also said it appeared someone tried to clean up blood.

Arthur Owen Woods was arrested back in 2018 for fraud. Investigators said he used his wife’s credit card after she went missing.

“It was a debit card,” Woods told Eyewitness News during his arraignment in 2018. “She is the only one who had an account. All of my money went in to her account. That is why I used it.”

The fraud charge was dismissed. Woods told officers he is not sure where his wife was. He claimed she may have traveled out of the country with another man. During his arrest Wednesday, he gave no answers as to what happened to Starina.

Her son Dakoda is still clinging to hope that one day he will know what really happened to his mother.

“I hope to wake up one day, and look at my phone and find out where she really is,” he said.

Investigators said Starina Woods’ body has still not been found. He was arrested and arraigned in Nicholas County, where he had been living, on a first degree murder charge.

5/24/2019 Update:
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Nicholas County man charged in the March 2016 death of his wife pleaded not guilty Friday morning in Kanawha County Circuit Court after being indicted earlier this week on a murder charge.

Arthur Owen Woods, 40, of Mt. Nebo, was arraigned by Kanawha County Circuit Judge Tod Kaufman. A trial date was set for Sept. 4. Woods remains in the South Central Regional Jail without bail.

Kanawha County Prosecutor Chuck Miller decided to take the case against Woods straight to the grand jury instead of going the normal arrest route.
“It’s not unusual for us to put the case together and present it to the grand jury,” Miller told MetroNews Friday. “It eliminates the necessity of having a preliminary hearing and the time constraints associated with making an arrest.”
Starina Woods went missing in March 2016. According to investigators at the time, she had voiced concerns about an abusive relationship with her husband. Authorities discovered bloodstains at the couple’s home in Charleston. Her body has never been found.
“We’ve tried murder cases in the past without a body if the evidence warrants it. We’re ready to go forward,” Miller said Friday.
Arthur Woods never reported his wife missing or tried to contact her after she disappeared, police said. He told police Starina left for Ecuador.
Woods was charged last year for using his spouse’s debit card until the bank froze the account.
Miller said prosecutors would be ready for the early September trial.
“I don’t see any delays. Certainly, there’s no way to predict whether or not there will be delays associated with the defendant or the court or whatever,” he said.



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