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Victims identified in double murder on U.S. 58 west of South Boston

South Boston News
The crime scene on U.S. 58 in Turbeville on Saturday. / February 10, 2020
Virginia State Police have revealed the identities of the two persons found dead on U.S. 58 in the Turbeville area early Saturday morning — an Alexandria, Va. male and Germantown, Md. female.

Police are encouraging tips from the public in what has developed into a double murder investigation, following the discovery of two bodies laying in the highway median around 3 a.m. Saturday morning.

The deceased have been identified as Ntombo Joel Bianda, 21, of Alexandria, and Ayanna Munne Maertens Griffin, 19, of Germantown, Md. Their remains have been transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for examination and autopsy.

State Police investigators are looking for anyone who may recall having seen the silver Nissan Maxima with Virginia license plates anywhere between South Boston and Danville between the hours of 11 p.m. Friday (Feb. 7) and 3 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 8). The 2009 Nissan sedan was found crashed into the gully separating the east-west lanes of the four-lane highway. The bodies of the victims were lying on the ground nearby. State Police say their deaths were not the result of the crash.

State Police would also like to hear from anyone who may have passed through this stretch of Route 58/Philpott Road near Melon Road between 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 8) and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious. Anonymous calls are welcome.

Police who responded to the 2:51 a.m. call of a single-vehicle accident on Route 58 near Melon Road arrived at the scene to find that a crime had taken place.

This particular stretch of U.S. 58 (Philpott Road) is fairly isolated and not heavily traveled in the overnight hours, police noted. It lies about 10 miles west of the Town of South Boston.

This story will be updated.

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