Smithfield double homicide victims identified; Deputies still looking for missing vehicles

Posted at 3:18 PM, Sep 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-23 15:19:25-04

SMITHFIELD, Va. - Detectives are investigating after two people were found dead at a home in the 4000 block of Ennisdale Drive on September 23.

According to the sheriff's office, family members became concerned when they did not hear from 80-year-old Nancy Starnes and her son, 58-year-old Kenneth Starnes. Family members contacted deputies after going to the home and seeing what appeared to be signs of forced entry into the home.

Deputies responded and found the two deceased inside the home.

Officials say both victims appeared to have died as a result of gunshot wounds. The bodies have been taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Norfolk for an autopsy.

Investigators continue to look for two cars owned by the Starnes family that were not at the home when deputies responded to the scene and cannot be accounted for at this time. These vehicles are identified as a gray 2010 Ford F150 with Virginia license plates KFJ-6882 and a 2001 beige or gold Chrysler Van with Virginia license plates M4354 with handicap tags.

The gold or beige Chrysler minivan may have damage to the driver’s side mirror and have been attempted to repair with Duct tape.

Anyone with information or the location of these vehicles is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at (757) 357-2151.  If you have information and wish to remain anonymous you can call the Crime Line at 1-888- Lock U Up

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