Lynchburg woman faces murder charge after human remains found in burned-out car in Appomattox County; Sheriff still searching for ‘Person of Interest’ in case

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UPDATE: 2:45 p.m.: The Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office has announced that they are also searching for a man they believe is a person of interest in this case.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, they are 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 is also listed as a person of interest; however, he is currently in custody out-of-state on unrelated charges. He has been identified as Ernrico A. Moss, formerly of Appomattox.

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.


APPOMATTOX COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A Lynchburg woman has been arrested and is facing a murder charge in connection with the human remains found inside a burned-out vehicle in Appomattox County last Wednesday.

According to the Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office, 29-year-old Artenna K. Horsley-Robey was arrested on a first-degree murder charge on Tuesday, Oct. 27, in connection with the ongoing homicide investigation related to a vehicle fire from last week.

“Today’s arrest is the result of the collaborative efforts of over a dozen law enforcement officers working non-stop for nearly 1,000 work hours over the past 6 days,” said Appomattox County Sheriff Donald D. Simpson in a statement on Tuesday. “As evident by this arrest, the inter-agency cooperation between state, local and federal law enforcement partners is unmatched.”

Horsley-Robey is being held without bond at the Amherst County Adult Detention Center with a court date set for Wednesday, Oct. 28, according to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority.

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

The remains were reportedly transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke to identify the victim and determine the cause of death.

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

However, as of Tuesday, the sheriff’s office says they are still waiting for positive identification of the remains.

Authorities say the homicide investigation is still ongoing, but additional arrests are pending.

In addition, the Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office is reportedly working with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office in connection with the missing person report related to the vehicle’s owner.

If you have any information about this case, 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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