Suspect in Jackson County Disappearances Remains in Federal Prison

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There have been rumors circulating around Jackson County that Barry Whitton, a suspect in the disappearances of his wife and step-daughter in 2007, has been released from prison.   However, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Whitton remains behind bars in a facility in West Virginia.

Whitton was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2008 on weapons charges.   Whitton had been convicted of a felony earlier in his life which meant he was not allowed to own any weapons.  During the investigation of the disappearances, investigators found Whitton with several guns, so he was arrested and convicted of being a felon in possession of firearms.

Whitton’s wife Kim and her daughter Haleigh Culwell, 11,  of Section disappeared in the summer of 2007.   Whitton is suspected of killing them.  He’s also suspected of killing his first wife Michelle in 1997.

However, Whitton has never been charged in either case.  In court, federal prosecutors described Whitton has someone without a “moral center.”   They say once, as retaliation for a neighbor’s dog impregnating his own dog, that he took the neighbor’s dog, killed it, drilled a hole through its head and strung it up over a rafter in the neighbor’s barn.

According to federal records, Whitton, who is now 43, is being held at the medium security McDowell Prison near Welch, West Virginia.  He is scheduled to be released on March 27, 2016.

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