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Remains of Emma Compton Layne identified; leads sought in homicide

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Emma Compton Layne
SoVaNow.com / January 11, 2018
Human remains found in the Nathalie area in November have been positively identified as those of Emma Compton Layne of Cody, who has been missing since June 20, 2017.

Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark confirmed the woman's death Thursday night after receiving a report from the Office of the Medical Examiner on Thursday.

Mrs. Layne was reported missing June 20, 2017, after she was last seen at her business, Cody Store, which is located in the 10000 block of Stage Coach Road in Nathalie. Despite extensive search efforts by the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Virginia State Police, no one was able to locate her.

Then, on November 22, 2017, the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office was notified by hunters of the discovery of human remains in a heavily-wooded area off Sandy Ridge Road in the community of Nathalie. The remains were transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner for autopsy, examination and positive identification.

“We are still awaiting additional information from the medical examiner’s office concerning the circumstances and cause of death,” said Sheriff Clark. “But, we are treating this as a homicide investigation and are continuing to pursue all possible leads related to Mrs. Layne’s death. This investigation is top priority.

"The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about Emma or if anyone recalls seeing any suspicious vehicles or persons along Sandy Ridge Road any time between June and November of last year to please call the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office at 911 or 434-476-3339.”

“I also want to thank the community for your support and efforts to help find Emma, and especially her family for their patience and persistence during this very difficult and trying process. Though we know this is the news they feared the most, may it at least bring them some closure and reassure them of my department’s commitment to seeing this investigation through to the end,” stated Sheriff Clark.


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