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Police await results from coroner after human remains found near Cody

SoVaNow.com / November 27, 2017
Authorities are awaiting the identification of human remains found in a wooded Cody area after a hunting party came across the find Wednesday around 1:30 p.m.

Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark said foul play is expected in the death, but Clark declined to comment further, including whether there is any indication of how long the body may have been left in the woods.

The remains were sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond to assist with identification.

On Wednesday, a member of a hunting party came across the remains in a heavily wooded area approximately 700 yards from Sandy Ridge Road, at the 4000 block of the northern Halifax County roadway. The location is a short distance from Cody Store.

The discovery comes as police continue to investigate the disappearance of 52-year-old Emma Compton Layne of Cody, who has gone missing since mid-June.

She was last seen at Cody Store, where she worked, on the evening of June 17. Since that time, police have conducted multiple searches for Layne, including in the vicinity of her home nearby. The searches produced no evidence of her whereabouts.

Other missing person cases have gone unsolved in Halifax County, including in the northern region. In June 2012, Wendy Dawn Beadles Francis of Nathalie was slain by a Brookneal man, Jeffrey Morgan Wright, who pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the killing. Francis’ body was never recovered.

Once the hunters reported the discovery of the human remains Wednesday, deputies and investigators with the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene, where they were assisted by a Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office investigator.

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations in Appomattox was also notified, and BCI sent special agents Wednesday to assist in the investigation with the recovery of the remains. The State Police investigators worked until that evening to process the scene.



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Ok. This area has quite a few more missing people including the mystery of the Clarksville UPS driver who “ disappeared” and then his wife was found drowned in Kerr. I think we have a Ted Bundy out here. Ladies and gents pack a pistol cause the local Barney Fifes will only be there to draw a chalk line.

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What about the decomposing body with the tattoos that was found in the lake? Was it ever identified?


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