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New twist on child abduction: Henry County couple slain; child missing
Roanoke Times ^
Posted on 08/15/2002 1:07:45 PM PDT by AppyPappy
Henry County couple slain; child missing
By MIKE ALLEN
Jennifer Renee Short is missing. The Henry County Sheriff's Office was asking anyone who may have seen the girl to call (276) 638-8751. Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for substantial information about the crime. BASSETT -- A Henry County couple was found shot to death in their home this morning and sheriff's deputies are searching across Henry and Franklin counties for their 9-year-old daughter whom investigators believe was abducted. The dead couple were identified as Michael Wayne Short, 50, and Mary Hall Short, 36. Their daughter, Jennifer Renee Short, was missing. The Shorts lived in a house on U.S. 220 about 100 yards south of the Franklin County line.
A co-worker who dropped by the house found Michael Short dead on an couch in an enclosed carport about 9:30 this morning and called authorities, said Henry County Sheriff's Capt. Kimmy Nester.
Deputies found Mary Short inside, dead in a bedroom. Both had been shot once in the head, and investigators said evidence on the scene seemed to rule out a murder-suicide.
There was no sign of the girl this morning, although Nester said the family had been together last night. Authorities initially thought she may have escaped the house and run away during the shootings. But when she hadn't turned up by early afternoon, the Henry County Sheriff's Office began looking for her on the presumption that she had been abducted, Nester said. The sheriff's office called out helicopters this afternoon to aid in the search.
TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: North Carolina; US: Virginia
posted on 08/15/2002 1:07:45 PM PDT
posted on 08/15/2002 1:10:54 PM PDT
Prayer on the way for Jennifer. What a horrid story.
posted on 08/15/2002 1:12:22 PM PDT
Prayers for the girl and the rest of her family.
posted on 08/15/2002 1:36:33 PM PDT
This is so sad, AP! I just left Smith Mountain Lake a few days ago to return home. I just love it down there. What is the latest being reported locally? Thanks.
posted on 08/16/2002 6:30:19 AM PDT
Latest picture, no news
posted on 08/16/2002 6:38:56 AM PDT
Roanoke Times article
The killings were discovered about 9:30 a.m., when a male acquaintance of the Shorts stopped by the house and found Michael Short's body on a couch in an enclosed carport, Nester said. The friend summoned police, who soon found Mary Short's body on the bed in her bedroom. Both were killed by single gunshot wounds to the head, Nester said.
Investigators believe the killings unfolded in a "quick, surprise scenario" by someone who knew the family and was familiar with the home, Nester said. But he declined say what led detectives to those conclusions, or to release details about the weapon used or a possible motive.
The same man who called police told them he had visited around midnight Wednesday, and at that time the family was together and well. Nester declined to identify the man, who was held for questioning at the Henry County Sheriff's Office on Thursday.
posted on 08/16/2002 6:43:42 AM PDT
Thank you for the Roanoke Times article. There's so many places where that child could be. And the lake! I just hope that she is found--quickly--and alive!
posted on 08/16/2002 7:08:28 AM PDT
What a precious family picture. I pray this young girl is found SOON...and safe.
"The same man who called police told them he had visited around midnight Wednesday, and at that time the family was together and well. Nester declined to identify the man, who was held for questioning at the Henry County Sheriff's Office on Thursday."
the one who was there last night also found them this morning....interesting don't you think
posted on 08/16/2002 12:10:17 PM PDT
Fox mentioned that their house was on sale just as the Smart's.
posted on 08/16/2002 12:13:53 PM PDT
On its face, I found that fact interesting as well. However, I don't know all the facts, so it may be innocent. I THINK I heard on the news this morning that they were looking at suspects. Hope Jennifer is safely found soon!
posted on 08/16/2002 12:25:34 PM PDT
Has anyone else noticed that during the last administration that the only time kids and their "safety" was mentioned was in the event that the Sleaze Factory needed to ram some BS laws down our throat? Now we have an administration that you NEVER hear "for the children" from - instead they are actively trying to do something about it other than talk.
May God watch over and protect this child - and help her heal from this trauma.
posted on 08/16/2002 1:08:56 PM PDT
Every liberal is a pedophile.
posted on 08/16/2002 1:58:44 PM PDT
Every moyden is a troll.
To: homeschool mama
If she is, and I hope she is, found, this will be a photo she will probably cherish the rest of her life. This poor child--I just can't imagine.
posted on 08/17/2002 7:23:40 AM PDT
Yep. Got my own bridge and everything.
Which has no bearing on the fact that -
Every liberal is a pedophile.
posted on 08/18/2002 10:56:28 PM PDT
Is there a ping list for this case I can join?
This is a very strange story indeed and my heart breaks for yet another little girl. She is so cute. She reminds me of Virginia in the Christmas movie Prancer.
posted on 08/20/2002 9:59:49 AM PDT
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