Help sought in homicide

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Sheriff’s Department is seeking a person who passed a vehicle that left the home of 30-year-old Jason Lee Pratz at about 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Pratz was found dead from a gunshot wound at his Genteel Ridge Home at about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Brooke County Sheriff Chuck Jackson is seeking the driver of a vehicle, possibly a green Ford Taurus, that was almost struck by a vehicle leaving Pratz’ home as it entered state Route 67 from Genteel Ridge Road and turned toward Wellsburg at a high rate of speed.

Jackson stressed the driver of the green vehicle isn’t a suspect in the case but is asked to contact the sheriff’s department, which can be reached at (304) 527-1430 or (304) 737-3660.

The sheriff said he couldn’t discuss other details in the ongoing investigation.

He said earlier the shooting is believed to have occurred in the late afternoon or early evening Monday.

(Scott can be contacted at wscott@heraldstaronline.com)