WVC 37 - 2 - 2
§37-2-2. Escheat of equitable interests.
An estate vested in a person merely by way of mortgage or
trust shall not escheat by reason of the mortgagee or trustee
dying without heirs but any equitable title to or interest in
lands shall escheat or be forfeited in the same manner as it
would if the person having the equitable had the legal title.