ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Search warrants reveal new information about the investigation into the deaths of two people in Roanoke on Sunday.
According to records from the Roanoke City Police Department and Roanoke City Circuit Court, officers conducted a well-being check at 1657 Queen Ann Drive SE at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 1 alongside members of the Vinton Police Department in connection with an abduction. After receiving permission from a resident not at the scene, both Roanoke and Vinton police officers entered the home and reportedly found two adults dead in separate rooms.
Roanoke City Police later identified the victims as 42-year-old April Barnicoat of Roanoke and 44-year-old Eric Surface of Salem. Search warrants say that both victims appear to have sustained significant injuries and were murdered inside the home.
Investigators with the Roanoke City Police Department filed for a search warrant to collect evidence from the home. That warrant led to the collection of swabs, tape, and at least one phone from the crime scene.
However, court records indicate that the officers noticed that one of the victim’s cell phones was missing from the house and investigators requested another warrant for call records, text messages, GPS data, etc. from the missing phone between Friday, Feb. 28 and Tuesday, March 3.
According to the department, this investigation is developing and anyone with information is asked to call (540) 344-8500 or text 274637 with “RoanokePD” at the beginning of the message.