Police chasing leads in Schneider murder

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 17, 2005

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Huntington Police detectives know that someone knows something about the murder of Chesapeake resident Angela Schneider.

They have been working almost non-stop for the eight days since her body was found dumped in a quiet suburb to find that someone.

"Right now there is nothing to update. Leads are coming in and we are running those down," said Sgt. Rocky Johnson. "All avenues are being exhausted."

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The body of Schneider, 29, of 11709 State Route 243 in Chesapeake was discovered March 31 shortly before 7 a.m. in the Huntington subdivision of Kennon Hills by Marshall University ROTC cadets on a physical training march.

Since then, authorities began the search for Steven Dale McCallister, 31, who was the last person seen with Schneider. McCallister was arrested last Friday on parole violations charges for passing bad checks and remains housed at the Southwestern Regional Jail in Barboursville.

Sgt. Johnson indicated that McCallister has not been charged with the murder and declined to call the the Huntington man a suspect.

An autopsy performed last week by the West Virginia State Medical Examiner’s Office reportedly concluded that the cause of Schneider's death was strangulation. While he confirmed that the case is being considered a homicide, Johnson said he could not confirm the cause of death at this time.

Huntington Police Lt. Mike Albers said last week that toxicology tests and other tests could provide additional information but that it may take a few weeks before the results are available.

Meanwhile, detectives are not leaving any stone unturned that could lead to information, Johnson said.

"We have been working pretty much around the clock on this case," he said. "We have received lots of leads and will follow up on each one."

Anyone with information about this case can contact the HPD at (304) 696-4420.