Snow was in Elkview on night of his death, police say
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston police believe Robert "Bob" Kenneth Snow made it to Elkview the night they believe he was killed. He was supposed to be at a job meeting in Kanawha City at that time, but he never showed up.
Detectives don't know what happened to Snow since he was last seen on May 23 and since the time he ended up in Elkview, possibly en route to Clendenin, said Charleston Police Sgt. Bobby Eggleton.
Boaters discovered Snow's body May 26 in the Elk River with his hands partially bound with duct tape. His SUV was discovered May 24 behind the Pronto Warehouse off Westmoreland Road.
He was last seen at about 5:30 p.m. at the 7-Eleven on Bigley Avenue, which he oversees as a district manager.
Snow was believed to be on his way to a meeting of 7-Eleven district managers in Kanawha City at 6 p.m. Co-workers called his girlfriend at about 6:10 p.m. when they didn't hear from him.
Detectives, who are investigating Snow's death as a homicide, determined that he was in the Elkview area during that time by tracking his cellphone activity.
"There's a reason Bob Snow went toward the Clendenin area when he was supposed to be going to Kanawha City, and we need to know why," Eggleton said.
Anyone who could shed light on Snow's activities in either Elkview or Clendenin is asked to come forward.
"Was he with someone? Was he speaking with somebody? Did somebody wave him down? Did he stop on the interstate to help somebody?" Eggleton said. "Somebody ran into Bob."
Police have no suspects or clear motives why someone would want to hurt Snow. Detectives have interviewed more than 30 people in their investigation, Eggleton said.
"Right now we have a man in the river with no apparent enemies with duct tape on him," he said.
On Tuesday, police released footage of a man and a woman from security video at the Elkview Go-Mart.
The man and woman entered the store on May 23 driving a car similar to Snow's gold Mazda Tribute.
Later Tuesday afternoon, Eggleton said the couple were no longer sought in the investigation and were not suspects. The woman called detectives after seeing the video on the local news and provided her information and license plate number. The woman and her husband had stopped inside the store to use the bathroom on their way to Braxton County, Eggleton said.
Detectives dismissed robbery as a possible motive last week. Snow won $50,000 from a scratch-off lottery ticket in June 2011, according to state records.
"Personally I believe if someone is going to kill over lottery winnings, they wouldn't have waited over a year to do it," Eggleton said.
Eggleton said he would personally meet with medical examiners within the next week to determine the official cause of death.
Snow's body was released to his two sons Monday for burial in Arizona. He will be transported Wednesday.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Charleston Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division at 304-348-6480.
Reach Travis Crum at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-5163.