Man charged in connection with body found in Upshur County

Man charged in connection with body found in Upshur County
Upshur County Sheriff's Office
Monday, September 9, 2013 - 3:25pm

An Upshur County man has been charged with murder in connection to the body found August 26 inside a residence.

Douglas Edward Gilliam, 58, was arraigned Sunday morning, according to jail records. He was arrested on unrelated charges August 28, two days after Jack E. Pierce, 45, of Gladewater was found dead inside a residence in the southwest part of the county, Sheriff’s Lt. Freddie Fitzgerald said in a statement released this past week.

Murder charges were added Friday, according to online jail records.

Upshur County deputies this past week confirmed they are investigating Pierce’s death as suspicious.

Pierce was found by deputies who answered a check welfare call, Fitzgerald said

Upshur County Sheriff Anthony Betterton said Monday afternoon his office is not releasing any more information because the death is under investigation.

No one involved in the investigation is releasing any details on how Pierce died, when he died or the address of the house in which he was found.

“Deputies found things at the scene to be suspicious,” Fitzgerald wrote, adding the case is being investigated as a homicide.

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