Phone found with missed calls from “Mom” 3 minutes before 911 call reporting Pittsylvania County triple murder


PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — New court documents obtained by show there was a phone found with two missed calls from someone titled “Mom” just three minutes before a 911 call was placed informing police of shots fired on Aug. 27. Police would then discover Emily Bernard Bivens, Joan Bernard and Cullen Bivens had been murdered.

The court documents build a timeline for the morning of the shooting.

At approximately 7:30 a.m., Rachel Jefferson, identified as Matthew Bernard’s aunt, opened her door after she said Bernard had been banging on it. He allegedly punched her in the shoulder before running away.

The document continues with Jefferson saying she heard gunshots “within minutes.” She then drove to the residence at 1949 Keeling Drive, where she found a body in the driveway. She called 911 at 8:05 a.m., according to court documents.

Matthew Bernard (Photo: Courtesy Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office)
Matthew Bernard (Photo: Courtesy Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office)

According to the same document, police recovered an iPhone from Matthew Bernard’s bedroom in the home. On the phone, investigators reported two missed calls from a number listed simply as “Mom.” The calls were allegedly placed at 8:02 a.m., three minutes before Jefferson called 911.

Matthew Bernard’s mother, Joan, sister Emily Bivens, and nephew Cullen Bivens were all found dead when police arrived.

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