Sheriff releases names from Sunday’s apparent murder-suicide
The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of the victims from the apparent murder-suicide Sunday in Woodlawn.
According to Gardner, the Medical Examiner’s office in Roanoke released the name of the victim that was shot on Joy Ranch Road on Sunday, Feb. 16. The victim was Tammy Louise Vass, 49 years old of Kenmore Road, Hillsville. Cause of death was listed as gunshot.
The Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke also released the name of the man that was found dead in a barn on Iris Road, off of Joy Ranch Road on Sunday, Feb. 16. Barney Elwood Vass, 57 years old, with a Kenmore Road, Hillsville, address. Cause of death was listed as gunshot.
According to Gardner, his department responded to a call at 12:40 p.m. of a shooting on Joy Ranch Road and a woman lying in the snow beside the road near the gym area of the Joy Ranch Home for Children. Gardner said Sgt. Bobby Lyons and Deputy Jarret Combs were the first on the scene, where they found a female approximately 40 years of age deceased. The Sheriff said Lyons and Combs spoke at the scene to a witness who claimed to have observed a white male shoot a woman before jumping into a maroon SUV and driving off.
Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office and agents with the Virginia State Police arrived and started working the crime scene while Deputies and Troopers searched the area, in an attempt to locate the maroon SUV.
At about 3:52 p.m., Gardner said his office received another call reporting a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound on Iris Road, about three miles away from Joy Ranch. Deputy Joe Utt responded to the scene and found a maroon SUV, matching the description of the vehicle at the earlier shooting, as well as the body of a deceased male inside a barn.
“A handgun was recovered at the scene and will be submitted to Roanoke to the forensics’ lab for a possible match,” Gardner said. “Other items of evidence were taken from the SUV that appear to tie the two scenes together.”
Gardner said both the female victim from Joy Ranch Road and the male victim from Iris Road were sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke for autopsies.
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