Girlfriend Charged With Murder After Missing Maryland Man's Found Naked With Throat Slashed

He had opened a "transfer on death" account containing over $188K just before his death. 

By Eric Shorey

Megan Virginia Shaffer, a 21 year-old West Virginia woman, has been charged in the mysterious death of her boyfriend, Alexander Arthur Stevens.

The naked body of Stevens had been found eight months ago with the neck slashed and surrounded by candles, according to Cumberland Times-News. The victim's cat was found in a cage nearby the scene.

"Shaffer and Alexander Arthur Stevens, 24, Frostburg, were reported missing in the Savage River State Forest late on January 4, 2017," reads a statement from Garrett County State’s Attorney Lisa Thayer Welch. "While efforts were underway by Natural Resources Police and other emergency responders to locate the pair, Shaffer made a '911' call to authorities to provide her location. With the assistance of the MSP helicopter, Stevens’s body was located in the State Forest a short while later." 

Jay Stevens, Alexander's father, noted a change in his son's behavior after he was forced out of the US Coast Guard Academy, where he had performed in the glee club, in 2014. “He’d grown his hair longer… was reading about religions, thinking about his place in society,” he said. “I never, never, ever, ever thought that he was suicidal … I know my son."

According to The Daily Mail, Shaffer had told police the two had been hiking when Stevens fell off a cliff. She said she thought Stevens had died in the fall and left the scene. When she finally emerged from the woods the next morning, she used a nearby resident's phone to call the police.

Investigators noticed that shortly before this, Stevens had opened a "transfer on death" account containing upward of $188,000 to be wired to Shaffer in the case of his demise. The transfer was stopped by a judge at the request of Stevens' father.

Shaffer is currently being held in the Garrett County Detention Center ahead of an initial court appearance. She will be represented by Attorney Stephen R. Tully, who would not comment on the situation. She has been charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and assisting another to commit or attempt to commit suicide.

[Photo: Maryland State Attorney, Facebook]

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