WHEELING, W.Va. – Court papers obtained Thursday shed more light on the story of the human remains found in Huston Township on Tuesday.
Authorities believe the remains are those of Kelly Jo Elliott, a 28-year-old mother of two in Ohio County, West Virginia. According to court documents, Elliott became romantically involved with Eugene J. Talik Jr. He was arrested Tuesday afternoon for killing Elliott.
According to the documents, Elliott learned at some point that Talik was married, and she began questioning him about leaving his wife. The documents stated that in a previous extramarital affair, Talik threatened the woman whom he was dating, saying if she told his wife about their affair, he would kill her.
The documents allege that Talik provided an accomplice $200 to purchase a gun with which he was to kill Elliott. The accomplice became involved in the plot because he owed Talik $2,000 for cocaine the accomplice had obtained from Talik. In addition to the money to buy the gun, Talik was to provide him with more cocaine for his involvement.
With the 2006 Memorial Day weekend approaching, Talik was alleged to have made plans with not only his own family, but also Elliott’s family to go camping over the weekend. Talik was said to have paid his accomplice to stake out Elliott’s residence and to shoot her there or at Elliott’s sister’s residence where she was house-sitting.
On May 25, the accomplice broke into the sister’s home and waited for her with the intent of shooting her. Talik learned that Elliott was not returning to her sister’s and warned his accomplice to leave the residence.
Near 7 p.m. on May 25, Talik helped Elliott pack for their planned camping trip. Talik was alleged to have made plans with his accomplice to hide in the woods near the Dallas Pike exit, an area locally referred to as the “lower truck stop.” Talik would then lure Elliott to that area where she would be killed.
Video footage from a local business showed footage of Talik’s and Elliott’s vehicles around 8:13 p.m. The two then drove to the “lower truck stop,” and, as planned, the accomplice struck Elliott over the head with a pipe. The accomplice related to authorities that Elliott was still alive when they put her into the back of Talik’s moving van. Talik urged the accomplice to finish killing Elliott, but the accomplice related he could not bring himself to do it. Talik then strangled Elliott.
The body was then wrapped and placed in the trunk of Elliot’s own vehicle, which was driven by the accomplice. It was then moved from the trunk to another moving van Talik owned and parked at the residence of the accomplice.
About 12 hours after her disappearance, Elliott’s vehicle was found within a few minutes’ drive of the accomplice’s residence in the Pittsburgh area. On May 26, Talik appeared at Elliott’s residence and pretended to be surprised when her parents told him that she had not come home. Talik then went camping with his wife.
On May 27, Talik called a relative of the accomplice’s and asked the relative to drive the moving truck to Elk County. It should be noted that the remains were found seven miles from the Elk County line in Clearfield County.
Talik told the relative not to look in the van but to just drive it to Pennsylvania. The person refused to do so under those circumstances, and Talik told the person to open the van and take a box inside. That person and two others cut the lock off of the van and described a stench like dead deer coming from the inside. One of the men removed the box lid and touched what was inside, and stated it felt like an arm or shoulder. The men then refused to move the box under any circumstances.
Within minutes of that plan falling through, cell phone records showed Talik calling another relative. On May 28, Talik and that relative were seen by a back yard in Pittsburgh. They reportedly had shovels, and one of them indicated they were burying a dog. Talik later told the accomplice they could not bury Elliott there because they hit water when digging.
Either on May 29 or 30, the accomplice and Talik transferred the box to another moving truck and drove the truck to Clearfield County. Once there they poured gasoline on the body and burned it. The body was buried in a wooded area in Huston Township.
Documents further relate that Talik and his accomplice power-washed the inside of the two moving vans and also replaced floor panels in parts of the vans. Authorities are also alleging that Talik had Elliott’s car chopped up for parts to further destroy evidence.
It is unknown at this time what legal action is being taken against the unnamed accomplice. If convicted, Talik could face life in prison.