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Autopsy: Two found dead inside Bassett mobile home died of natural causes

Updated: Jul 12



At approximately 1:30 pm on July 8, 2021, the Martinsville-Henry County 9-1-1 Center received a call of two deceased subjects inside of the residence at 151 Belcroft Circle, Bassett, VA. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene, and the deceased were identified as Luther Willie Wagoner, 68, and Pennar Elizabeth Helton, 78. Both decedents reside at 151 Belcroft Circle, Bassett, VA. Evidence from the scene indicates they had been deceased for several days before their discovery. Autopsies were performed at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the Western District of Virginia on July 9, 2021. The preliminary results from those autopsies showed no signs of foul play or homicide. The manner of death for both decedents was determined to be natural causes.




At approximately 1:30 pm on July 8, 2021, the Martinsville-Henry County 9-1-1 Center received a call of two deceased subjects inside of the residence at 151 Belcroft Circle, Bassett, VA. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene, and the deceased were identified as Luther Willie Wagoner, 68, and Pennar Elizabeth Helton, 78. Both decedents reside at 151 Belcroft Circle, Bassett, VA. Evidence from the scene indicates they had been deceased for several days before their discovery. The cause of death is unknown at this time, and an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow, July 9, 2021, at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the Western District of Virginia.

Anyone who has recently been in contact with Luther Willie Wagoner and Pennar Elizabeth Helton or has information regarding their deaths is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at (276) 638-8751 or Crimestoppers at 63-CRIME (632-7463). The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $2500.00 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.




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