Update: Documents reveal possible motive for shooting death of former Philadelphia detective

Posted at 10:53 PM, Oct 18, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-21 19:10:01-04

Suffolk, Va. - Suffolk Police are searching for the suspect responsible for shooting and killing a woman Saturday morning. Officials say 69-year old Virginia Hill was found suffering from a gunshot wound and rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Court documents say a woman identified as Virginia's daughter, Julina Hill, called police at 5:28 a.m. and told them that several people had entered the house and demanded that her mother tell them where her safe was located.

When Julina was on the phone with police, court papers say dispatchers heard a gunshot and a noise that sounded like Virginia Hill falling. The Medical Examiner confirmed on Tuesday that Virginia was shot in the torso.

Julina said the suspects ran from the house.

Officers arrived on scene and Virginia was transported by EMS to Sentara Obici Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

"It was like a nightmare," said Virginia's daughter April Beck-Miller. "I'm still waiting to wake up from it."

Beck-Miller says Virginia loved the community and people of Suffolk, but she says her impact went well beyond Hampton Roads. Virginia served as a police detective for nearly 30 years in Philadelphia. There, she helped solve dozens of missing children's cases.

“She was decorated very well. She found missing people and citizens in the City of Philadelphia that had been missing for more than 30 years,” says Beck-Miller.

Now Suffolk Police are working to solve her murder.   Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.