West Virginia

A woman reported missing earlier this week in Raleigh County was arrested Friday for being a fugitive out of Virginia, the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office says.

Mary Cathleen Haley-Scott, 32, also is charged with obstructing an officer in West Virginia, the sheriff’s office says.

Scott was reported missing early this week by family.

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“I was trying to help her,” said Haley-Scott’s friend Kristina Mussalam. “My heart just sank when I saw the message, and I just felt terrible.”

The Raleigh County Sheriff’s office is searching for Haley-Scott, who was reported missing on Sunday.

She was last seen in Raleigh County driving a blue 2020 Kia sedan with temporary Virginia license plates.

Mussalam was shocked when she heard the news.

“This has never happened to me before, and I’m just been doing everything I can to help find her,” Mussalam said.

Scott Albu, who shares regular conversations with her on Facebook, received messages from her account after she had been reported missing — with a graphic image of her face beaten.

“Actually I wrote back ‘unacceptable’ meaning the pictures were unacceptable (because) I don’t like to see that on anyone,” Albu said.

Whoever had taken over the account responded with another image of abuse.

Even though her friends and family don’t know who is behind this, they are desperate to find her.

Until that happens, Albu will always remember his last conversation with Haley-Scott.

“We did like rifts and stuff sending back and forth real quick and we were both laughing,” Albu said. “She said ‘thank you, you always make me smile.’ ”

Dashcam video that shows the alleged beating of a teenager by West Virginia State Police Troopers and Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputies has been released by the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

In the video of the Nov. 19, 2018, incident, the footage shows the high-speed pursuit, crash, and arrest of the teen. Several officers approach the smoking vehicle, and the teen is pulled out of the window of the wrecked vehicle.

Officers begin to struggle with the teen while he is on the ground. An officer punches the juvenile while he was on the ground and also can be seen punching the juvenile. The video also shows the teen being tossed through the air by the same officer.

Two state troopers and a sheriff’s deputy were fired in January. Another deputy who was fired recently got his job back.

One trooper was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on one count of deprivation of rights under color of law — the language used to describe crimes committed by police officers while on duty.

The indictment accuses Kennedy of using excessive force resulting in bodily injury.