A woman was arrested in Preston County Tuesday night and charged with murder and hiding a dead body.
Nicole Knotts, 23, is currently in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail without bail.
West Virginia State Police began an investigation into the disappearance of Matthew L. Knotts of Ruth Farm Road, Bruceton Mills on March 17 after Knotts' employer said he hadn't shown up for work in weeks.
Knotts' mother told state police that she was undergoing chemotherapy and it was unlike her son that she hadn't heard from him during this time. She said she attempted contacting him numerous times by phone and Facebook but hadn't been in contact with him since March 7, according to a criminal complaint.
While State Police were at Knott's mother's home, Matthew's wife, Nicole Knotts, arrived with her current boyfriend. Nicole told state police that Matthew had left nearly two weeks ago with a girlfriend from Garrett County, Maryland. State police contacted Maryland State Police and asked that they go to the known address of Matthew's girlfriend. Maryland State Police made contact with the girl's mother, who said her daughter is believed to be in Florida and that she hadn't seen her for several months. The woman also told police that she didn't know of Matthew Knotts or him having a relationship with her daughter.
Throughout the course of the investigation, Matthew's wife, Nicole, was developed as a suspect in his disappearance. On this same day, Matthew's employer received a phone call identifying herself at Matthew's girlfriend and said that he was with her and okay. State police later called the same number that the woman called from and she identified herself as Matthew's girlfriend and initially said she didn't know Matthew, then later said she did but that he wasn't with her. Later that day, Trooper Leach called the same number and spoke with Nicole Knotts. She said she had provided false information in hopes that the situation would go away.
On March 18, West Virginia State Police located Matthew Knotts' body inside the bathroom of his home. His body was concealed with a large pile of clothing and household items. State police said there was also approximately one gallon of what appeared to be kerosene and a propane tank. Nicole Knotts told troopers that on Thursday of the prior week, she had shot Matthew Knotts during an argument, which led to his death.
Nicole Knotts is charged with first degree murder and concealment of a deceased human body. The investigation is ongoing.