Murder-suicide cause of death for pair found in vehicle with baby near Gretna

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PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The two people found dead in a vehicle on West Gretna road on Wednesday morning, with an unharmed baby inside, died from a murder-suicide.

According to the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, Patrica Harris Towler, 43, died from a gunshot wound. Dane Clarke Towler, 50, died of suicide by a gunshot wound. The Medical Examiner confirmed their identities and causes of death on Thursday, the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s office said the shootings happened on the 1300 block of West Gretna Road/ U.S. Highway 40 West. Then, the vehicle rolled across U.S. Highway 40 West and came to rest near a home. Authorities found the bodies around 11:40 a.m.

An infant inside of the car where the pair died, was unharmed. The sheriff’s office notified the Social Services of the baby, who then placed the infant in the custody of a family member.

Investigators believe this to be an act of domestic violence and are interviewing friends and relatives to determine a motive.

If you have any information about this ongoing investigation, call Captain Corey Webb at (434) 432-7800.


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