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Stan Florence

Jessica Brown
Public Information Director


08/30/11                 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           


Arrest Made in Recent Welch Murder

The OSBI and Craig County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest in the murder of 81-year-old Ruth Rice of Welch. Rice was found dead inside her home at 289 East First Avenue August 4th. DNA was collected from the crime victim, since it appeared Rice may have been sexually assaulted.

August 26th, OSBI criminalists alerted the OSBI agent that DNA taken from the victim matched a DNA profile of her son, Michael Joe Rice (d.o.b. 1/22/63). August 29th, the OSBI agent and Craig County Sheriff’s detectives interviewed Mr. Rice. He confessed to watching his mother walk into her house and then tackled her. He hit her several times in the head and sexually assaulted her.

Michael Rice was arrested for the first degree murder and first degree rape of Ruth Rice.

An affidavit has been filed on this case.