UPDATE: Appomattox County authorities confirm man found in burned vehicle was shot, deputies continue search for ‘persons of interest’

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UPDATE 3:40 p.m.: The Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office has released an updated image of two individuals person they are describing as “persons of interest.”

Image of two persons of interest wanted for questioning in the homicide of Carlos L. Rose. (Photo courtesy of the Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office taken on 10/21/2020 from the Madison Heights Walmart.)

UPDATE 3:35 p.m.: Officials have confirmed to WFXR News that Carlos L. Rose died from a gunshot wound.

Rose’s remains were found in a vehicle that had burned in the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest.


UPDATE 1:02 p.m.: One week after human remains were found in a burned-out vehicle in an Appomattox County forest, authorities confirmed the identity of this homicide victim.

On Wednesday, Oct. 28, the Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office says the identity of the homicide victim was confirmed as 45-year-old Carlos L. Rose of Lynchburg.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mr. Rose at this time as we continue to work diligently to provide them with answers,” Sheriff Donald D. Simpson stated.

APPOMATTOX COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — On Wednesday morning, authorities in Appomattox County shared an updated photograph of a man they deemed a “person of interest” in connection with an ongoing homicide investigation.

The investigation started after deputies found a burned-out vehicle with human remains inside on Oct. 21, near the intersection of Forbes Road and State Park Road in the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest.

On Oct. 22, the sheriff’s office announced the 2002 GMC Yukon that was set on fire and abandoned is registered to a person whose family reported him missing to Bedford County authorities on Oct. 21.

As of Tuesday, Oct. 27, the sheriff’s office is still waiting for positive identification of the remains by the medical examiner.

Officials say they arrested 29-year-old Artenna K. Horsley-Robey of Lynchburg, on a first-degree murder charge on Tuesday in connection with the investigation.

However, authorities say they are currently searching for a man they believe is a person of interest in this homicide case.

The sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help in identifying the man wearing the black hat with a cartoon character that appears to be Bugs Bunny. He is believed to be traveling in a dark-colored 2012 VW Passat with a Virginia license plate UUJ-2916.

The man shown below in the red shirt and hat is also listed as a person of interest, but the sheriff’s office says he is currently in custody out-of-state on unrelated charges. He has been identified as Ernrico A. Moss, formerly of Appomattox.

Authorities say these two men are considered “persons of interest” in connection with a homicide investigation in Appomattox County. (Photo: Courtesy Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office)

If you have information relating to this case or you can identify the individual still at-large, you are asked to contact the Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office at (434) 352-8241, or the anonymous tip line at (434) 352-3995.

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