The forgery charges stem from documents related to the railroad’s retirement payments to Mary Cobb of Jasper. If convicted, each second-degree forgery charge is a Class C Felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Cobb and her daughter, Wynona Delvecchio, were 104 and 83 years old, respectively, at the time of their disappearance in 2002. Jasper police said at the time that Kiser checked Delvecchio out of a nursing home she was residing in and she, in turn, checked her mother out of the nursing home. The women were last heard from in early 2002, when all communication and medical records stopped for both women.
In 2004, investigators for the railroad’s retirement system raised questions about the location of the women because of Cobb’s age. Kiser, who had relocated to West Virginia, reportedly used another elderly woman to impersonate Cobb. After the woman was proven not to be Cobb, Kiser was charged and convicted of wire fraud.
“Without the work of the railroad retirement systems, and their meticulous record keeping, we would not have been able to get what we have here,” Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair said. “There has been a lot of work on this case.”
Last July, the cold case began to heat up again when the current residents found a human skull in the crawlspace beneath the home Cobb owned in the South Lowell subdivision.
Subsequent searches of the house and surrounding area did not turn up additional bones.
Forensics indicated that the skull belonged to an older caucasian women, but the age of the bones has delayed DNA identification.
A hearing held Tuesday in West Virginia lowered the bond amount to $150,000 cash or property bond. Walker County Circuit Judge Jerry Selman had previously set the bond at $500,000 cash for Kiser.
“We’re disappointed, but that won’t stop us,” Adair said.
Adair said Kiser is fighting extradition to Alabama, but his office will persist in its efforts to bring her to Walker County for trial. He hopes to have a hearing date in West Virginia on the extradition process within 30 days.
Adair said he is hopeful that Kiser will eventually reveal the location of Cobb and Delvecchio’s remains, if she knows them.
“Our elderly, like our children, are often preyed upon,” Adair said. “We’re very hopeful that the events of today will lead to something.”