Charges filed in missing teen case

Argh. This boy has been missing almost four years and I have never heard of him before, and he is not on the NCMEC website.

Seventeen-year-old David Wayne Beach III disappeared from Spencer, West Virginia on Mother’s Day 2006. According to the cops, William Albert “Seth” Denmark picked him up from home, drove him to his own house, walked him up a hill, had him unknowingly dig his own grave (“can you help me dig a big hole”) and shot him to death. Such is the story of a witness, Veronica Cottrill, who saw the whole thing and just came forward recently. She said Seth had taken her against her will and she didn’t say anything before now because she was afraid of him.

Seth’s been charged only with kidnapping at this point, not murder. His mom, Jackie, has been charged with aiding and abetting her son because she knew what happened and did nothing about it. Seth’s father, William Anthony Denmark, has been charged with with conspiracy to inflict bodily injury in a semi-unrelated case; he, Seth and David apparently conspired to shoot another man, Aaron Lloyd, whom Seth shot in the leg in April 2006. This was a month before David disappeared.

This is really bizarre and I wonder just what was going on there. I can’t find any pictures of David; maybe some will crop up later. Or maybe they’ll find his body and upgrade Seth’s kidnapping charge to murder.

The Charleston Daily Mail
The State Journal
The Metro News

3 thoughts on “Charges filed in missing teen case

  1. Bill March 19, 2010 / 8:41 pm

    Can you imagine witnessing a murder, and then being afraid to tell anyone about it? I can’t. I have a pretty active imagination, but, putting myself in that place, I would have to tell someone.

    • Meaghan March 20, 2010 / 3:30 am

      But what if it was your own son doing the murdering?

  2. Bill March 21, 2010 / 10:54 pm

    Okay, that’s a fair question.
    Not an easy one to answer though, having never been in that situation.
    Still, I would think, if it were a close relative who committed a murder that only I am aware of, I would find another family member to confide in. I don’t think I can carry a burden like that by myself.

    I certainly wouldn’t let the one who did it know that I knew it, for fear of my own life, even if it was an offspring. I don’t know if Seth knew his mom was watching or not.

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