Ira Blair Hyde

An early morning argument between neighbors led to a double stabbing that has put two Parkersburg residents in the hospital in serious condition.

51-year old David Whitlock and 51 year old Mary Alvarado were found suffering from stab wounds in the street in front of 1612 Spring Street. According to police, Whitlock appeared to have at least one stab wound and appeared to be in serious condition. Alvarado appeared to have multiple stab wounds and also appeared to be in serious condition. Parkersburg Police Detectives say the suspect, Ira Blair Hyde, fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival.

Two felony malicious wounding warrants have been issued for  Hyde. A Criminal Complaint filed in Wood County Magistrate Court by Detective D.A. Moody alleges that Hyde began yelling at his neighbors from a window. Whitlock came out into the street telling Hyde to stop yelling, and if he had a problem to come outside. Hyde exited his residence and approached Whitlock.

Hyde began swinging his arms at Whitlock while holding a knife, while Whitlock was unarmed. Hyde stabbed Whitlock one time in the chest. When Whitlock was stabbed, Alvarado came outside to stop the attack. Hyde then used the knife to stab her multiple times. Alvarado was stabbed under her left arm and in her right breast. As the victims yelled for help, Hyde fled the area on foot.

Detectives have not located Hyde, but continue to search for him at this hour.

Whitlock’s condition appeared to be improving and stable. Alvarado was still believed to be in serious condition and was undergoing surgery for her injuries.

If anyone has any information on the location of Ira Blair Hyde, please contact the Parkersburg Police Department at 304-424-8444. Anonymous tips can also be left at