Investigators in Henry County are following up on new leads in the Short family murders. The 16-year-old deaths still haunt the community.
“Wholeheartedly we want to see this case come to an end,” Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry, said.
Ann Carter Dickerson is related to the Short family by marriage and also worked with Mary Short.
“It’s really got to me and it still does, because they can’t find whoever done it,”
Sheriff Perry was on the force at the time. He said everything changed on September 25, 2002.
“There was a discovery down in North Carolina,” said Sheriff Perry.
The discovery was at a home along Grogan Road in Stoneville, North Carolina, where a creek runs through the front yard, according to Sheriff Perry.
“Unfortunately, they had some dogs. The dogs had brought up something and when they got to check it, it was part of remains,” said Sheriff Perry.
“The remains were checked. It was from Jennifer Short. We went down and checked that area, but it does appear that’s where her body was discarded, down in North Carolina. That ended the search to find her alive.”
The case became a joint investigation between the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, in Virginia, and the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, in North Carolina.
Tammi Howell is a Captain with the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office and was on the force when Jennifer’s remains were found.
“It’s a case I think about almost every day. Almost every week I think about it,”
The last time the family was seen alive was the night before their murders. The family went through the drive-thru at Burger King in Collinsville before heading home. That was around 11:00 p.m., on August 14.
Investigators say the family was seemingly normal and there are no immediate signs of family issues, nothing that would lead to their murders.
Investigators who have worked the case said they are all under an agreement that no one will rest until the case is solved and the family’s murderer is found.
“I don’t even go to my husband’s graveyard like I used to. I used to go four times. I go about twice,” said Dickerson.
According to Dickerson, each of her visits grows harder and harder over time.