UPDATE 5:55 p.m. (10/11/21): Police in Danville have arrested two people in connection with the homicide of 88-year-old Elizabeth Morris Adkins.
The Danville Police Department says officers found Adkins’ body inside a home along Juless Street shortly after 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 10.
The department announced on Monday, Oct. 11 that 24-year-old Lindsey Mae Johnson and 22-year-old Nicasio Antonio Guzman, both from Chapel Hill, N.C., have been arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
However, additional charges may be filed as the investigation unfolds, according to authorities.
“Members of the Danville Police Department Investigations Bureau and Crime Scene Search Unit have worked around the clock since the discovery of the body of Ms. Adkins yesterday morning,” the Danville Police Department said in a statement on Monday. “Through the assistance of the members of the local Juless Street community, the suspects in this tragic homicide were identified, arrested and are now being held at the Danville City jail without bond.”
Police tell WFXR News that Johnson is the granddaughter of Adkins and Guzman is Johnson’s boyfriend. At this time, officials say they do not have a motive for this homicide and the case remains under investigation.
The department did say that investigators do not believe this was a random act and are not looking for any other people connected with this case. The Chapel Hill Police Department in North Carolina is also assisting with the investigation.
DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – Police are investigating a homicide after an elderly woman’s body was found inside a Danville home Sunday morning.
According to the Danville Police Department, a 911 call came in shortly after 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 10 to from a residence at 368 Juless Street.
Officials say the caller indicated there was a resident who was unresponsive and was believed to be dead.
Officers arrived and found a woman who was “non-viable” inside of the home, according to the department. The victim was identified as 88-year-old Elizabeth Morris Adkins.
Based on evidence at the scene, police say they immediately began investigating the death as a homicide.
Adkins’ body will be taken to the Medical Examiner’s office in Roanoke for an autopsy.
The crime scene is being processed and the neighborhood is being searched by police personnel.
Residents of Juless Street and the surrounding areas who may have surveillance cameras are asked to contact the Danville Police Department by calling patrol at 434-799-6510, investigations at 434-799-6508, or Crime Stoppers at 434-793-0000. The public may also use that number if they have any information about any suspicious activity they may have seen in the area.
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