Murder Charge for 1983 Disappearance, Suspect in Custody

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- A man has been indicted for the murder of an Augusta County man back in 1983.

Augusta County Commonwealth's Attorney A. Lee Ervin held a press conference Tuesday morning to announce the charges.

According to Ervin, Richard "Pete" Miller, Jr. vanished under "very suspicious circumstances" in 1983 and despite investigation by the Augusta County Sheriff's Office, no trace of him was ever found.

His car was found in Richmond a few days after he disappeared.

Upon receiving new information in 2013 regarding Miller's disappearance, the case was reopened.

However, the Augusta County Sheriff's Office was having trouble getting witnesses to cooperate, so it asked for assistance from Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring.

Herring assigned his office's chief prosecutor, Phil Figura, to assist local officials.

Figura impaneled a multi-jurisdictional grand jury that was able to get sworn testimony from witnesses.

Due to that testimony, the grand jury determined there was cause to indict 84-year-old Charles Almond for the murder of Miller.

Almond has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held at the Middle River Regional Jail.

In a release responding to the indictment, Herring wrote, "I'm really proud that my team has been able to work with Mr. Ervin to finally bring charges in a case that has troubled Augusta County for more than 30 years. Cooperation between local law enforcement and the skilled prosecutors in my office pays dividends all across the Commonwealth in gang cases, complex drug cases, or even cold cases and homicides. My chief prosecutor, Phil Figura, will be working closely with Mr. Ervin and his team as we pursue justice in this troubling and challenging cold case."

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