FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — It’s been a decade since the double homicide of Ricky Dodson and Vicky Purdy. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) says they are still working on every lead to solve the case and are asking anyone with information to step forward.
Friday, Oct. 6 marked 10 years since authorities found the body of 53-year-old Vicky Harbour Purdy in a burned vehicle in the 200 block of Philpott Road, near the Henry County line. Purdy’s body was found three days after she was reported missing.
Purdy’s autopsy results revealed that she passed away from a gunshot wound to her head.
As the investigation continued, authorities began searching for Purdy’s boyfriend, 54-year-old Ricky Eugene Dodson.
On Dec. 5, 2013, investigators discovered his body in a wooded area on Johnson Hill Road. Dodson was found just a mile away from where Purdy’s remains were found.
Authorities suspected that Purdy and Dodson were in an on-and-off-again relationship over the years and determined their deaths were related.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, investigators have conducted numerous interviews, executed search warrants, and collected evidence over the years. However, authorities believe that there are people who know more of the truth.
According to the release, investigators are still seeking answers and the case is still active and is not being considered a “cold case.”
“Investigators are dedicated to following up on every lead and to allocating resources until the individual(s) responsible for the homicides of Ricky Dodson and Vicky Purdy are charged accordingly,” said the sheriff’s office in a press release.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 483-3000.
WFXR News will continue to follow this story as information is released.