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February 2014

Two Years After Area Double Murder, Police Still Seek Clues

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Troy and LaDonna French were killed by an intruder in 2012. Photos via RCSD.

By The Star

at some point, knew the location of the gun, and had known the family. In an interview with WFMY-TV2 nine months later, the sheriff said he also feels like the assailant knew the victims. "We feel that the attack was directed toward Whitley and her mother and father," said Sheriff Page. The gun was a Hi-Point 9mm and has never been recovered. The Sheriff’s Department has also stated previously that they have recovered DNA from the scene of the crime. State lab tests determined from the DNA that the killer was a male. It has been speculated that because there is not a match with DNA crime databases that the killer may not have had a criminal record. In an interview with WFMY-TV2 about the case, private detective Ed Cobbler profiled the potential killer. He said he believed that the killer is from the area, was between 20 and 30 years old, knew the family, did not have a criminal record, and did not have a history of violence before the murders took place. Anyone with information is asked to call Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office by calling 336-634-3232 or call Rockingham County Crime Stoppers at 336-349-9683. ::

BETHANY – Two years after the murder of a married couple just over the county line in Bethany, police are still looking for clues in the case. Troy and LaDonna French were shot in their home on February 4, 2012. The case received national attention and remains unsolved. Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page said in a statement at the beginning of February this year that his department is still actively pursuing the case. “I ask my fellow citizens of Rockingham County to join me in remembering and honoring Troy and LaDonna,” he said in a statement. “I can assure everyone, that my investigative team continues to work toward bringing the person(s) responsible for this horrific crime to justice.” Sheriff Page stressed that the investigation I still active. “Let me be clear… this is by no means a ‘cold case,’” he said. “We are still actively investigating leads in this case and will not give up until it is solved and arrests have been made.” According to information from the Sheriff’s Department and media reports at the time, on the night of the murders, their daughter Whitley said that she awoke in the night to find an attacker in her room. When she screamed for help, the unknown attacker ran downstairs where he shot Troy and LaDonna French. It has been speculated that the attacker was not a stranger to the family and was someone known to them. The Sheriff’s Department has said that ballistic tests showed that the gun used in the killing was one owned by Mr. French that had gone missing in December of 2011 or earlier. As such, it The murder weapon, a Hi-Point 9mm is likely the killer had access to the house like this one, has never been recovered.

Police Say Summerfield Man Arrested In Burglary Case By The Star SUMMERFIELD - According to a statement from the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department, a Summerfield man and two other men have been arrested on charges related to a break-in and thefts from a home in the area, and other charges may be pending. Deputy Kevin Suthard said that Carl Watson, age 20, of Old Mill Drive in Summerfield was charged with breaking and entering, larceny, and possession of stolen property after allegedly breaking into a private residence that was also located on Old Mill Drive on January 15th. Also charged in the case was Dewayne Hardin, Jr., age 28, who is

from Greensboro, and one other man who has not yet been identified by the police. The Sheriff’s Department said that other charges may be pending in relation to other thefts in the area. Both men have been arrested and placed into custody, said the police. The police were circulating a photo of the third man that was involved in the case and said that the third man has now been identified in the case. :: Watson (right)

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