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21 years later, Short family murders remain unsolved


The Short family
The Short family


HENRY COUNTY, VA – The Short family murders, one of Henry County's biggest unsolved crimes, remain unsolved after 21 years.


On August 15, 2002, at around 9 a.m., the bodies of Michael and Mary Short were discovered inside their home in the Oak Level community of Henry County.


Both had been shot in the head in separate locations of the home while they were sleeping: Michael, in the garage, and Mary in the bedroom.


Investigators learned that the home phone line had been cut.


The Short's 9-year-old daughter, Jennifer, was missing.


Following an Amber Alert and a nearly month search, Jennifer's remains were found by a man’s dogs along a stream off of Gordon Road in Stoneville, North Carolina on September 25, 2002.


Jennifer also had been shot in the head and later dumped near the stream.


A reward of $62,500 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) responsible for the deaths of the Short family.


Do you have any information? Call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 276-638-8751 or Crimestoppers at 276-632-7463 or 336-349-9683.

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Tiffany Newman
Tiffany Newman
Aug 16, 2023

Her remains were found on Grogan Rd in Stoneville not Gordon Rd.

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