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Short family murders remains unsolved after 19 years




HENRY COUNTY, VA – The Short family murders, one of Henry County's biggest unsolved crimes, remains unsolved after 19 years.


On August 15, 2002, at approximately 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.


Law enforcement authorities continue to seek the public's help in locating the suspect(s) involved in the murders of the Short family.


Anyone with information regarding the murders is asked to call the FBI tip line at 1-800-225-5324 or Crimestoppers at 276-632-7463.

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