Two arrested in connection with 2019 homicide in Franklin County

Roanoke Valley News

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — More than 18 months after authorities found the body of a missing Halifax man off the side of the road, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office announced that a Danville man and a Roanoke man were in custody and facing murder charges in connection with the case.

According to the sheriff’s office, a 911 call came in about a body found off the 7900 block of Truman Hill Road at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 24, 2019.

Four days later, Franklin County authorities announced the body found near Jubal Early Highway had been identified as 30-year-old Travis Wayne Pannell from Halifax, who was last seen in Roanoke on Oct. 4, 2019 and reported missing on Oct. 8, 2019.

The Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be homicide and the manner of death to be gunshot wounds.

On Friday, April 30, the sheriff’s office reported that two men had been arrested in that

According to officials, 34-year-old Patrick Antoine Davis of Danville, was arrested on Wednesday, April 28 in Danville and charged with second degree murder. He is being held without bond at this time.

In addition, authorities say 26-year-old Mario Rayshawn Day of Roanoke, was arrested on Thursday, April 29 in Marietta, Georgia. He will be served with an outstanding warrant for second degree murder as soon as he is extradited from Georgia.

“The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the United States Marshal service and the Virginia State Police for their assistance in locating and apprehending these individuals for their outstanding warrants,” the sheriff’s office said in Friday’s statement.

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