Judy death remains mystery

ELKINS – Four years after her mysterious death, the case of Pamela Key Judy remains as cold as the snow that fell to the ground Tuesday.

Police say they’ve made little progress in solving the case of the 39-year-old Elkins resident, whose burned body was discovered in her black Chevrolet Colorado truck at Little Black Fork in the Monongahela National Forest on Nov. 12, 2009.

Nonetheless, the investigating officer in the case, Cpl. K.A. Corley of the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police, said officers still are diligently digging into every lead they receive from the public.

“The investigation is ongoing, and we’re still looking into leads,” Corley said in a phone interview with The Inter-Mountain on Tuesday. “When we receive leads, we check on those leads, but so far, there hasn’t been much in terms of leads at this time.

“If there’s anybody out there who wants to contact us with any leads, or any information of a nature relating to the case, they’re strongly encouraged to do so,” Corley added.

The death of Judy – who co-owned the court reporting business Cole and Judy Reporting – has been ruled undetermined by the state medical examiner’s office, and for that reason, Corley has previously told The Inter-Mountain he “can’t speculate” as to whether Judy’s death was a murder or suicide.

Judy’s daughter, Ashley Wyatt, has previously stated that she doesn’t believe Judy would have taken her own life. Wyatt did not return voicemails seeking comment for this article by presstime.

Judy’s loved ones gathered Saturday evening in Orchard Hall in Elkins to celebrate her life and law enforcement efforts to crack her case.

So what knowledge has been gained via those efforts?

On the day Judy died, she reportedly logged off her home computer at 10:48 a.m., climbed in her black Chevy Colorado truck and left her home, which was located along Mountainview Drive in the Lower Oak Grove addition of Elkins. She was spotted in her truck at Parrack’s Nationwide Insurance on Harrison Avenue in Elkins at approximately 11:30 a.m.

However, between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. – when a hunter called the Randolph County E-911 Center to report a truck burning in a remote area of the Monongahela National Forest – virtually nothing is known about Judy’s whereabouts.

Who she saw, where she went or what happened to her in that 90-minute time period are questions Corley hopes to answer with the help of the local community.

“We’re hoping that something will open up, and we’ll have some closure for the family,” he said.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Corley at 304-637-0200.

Contact Katie Kuba by email at kkuba@theintermountain.com. Follow her on Twitter at IMT_Kuba