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Private Investigator Profiles Troy And LaDonna French's Killer

10:35 PM, Oct 30, 2012   |    comments
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Rockingham County, NC-- A private investigator gives News 2 a possible profile of the French killer.

The Sheriff's Office determined the DNA of the suspect involved in the double murder of Troy and LaDonna French. They also determined that Troy's missing gun was used to kill the couple.

READ: French Family Murders Update From Rockingham County Sheriff Page

The Rockingham County Sheriff's office, the NC State Bureau of Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation listed key identifiers of the suspect. Some include:

*The suspect may have ties to the community.

*People who know the suspect may not believe he is capable of committing this type of crime.

*The homicide suspect may not have a history of committing crimes of violence.

*The normal behavior of the person responsible for these murders may have changed right after the incident occurred.

News 2 talked with a Ed Cobbler, a private investigator with ELC Investigative Services to attempt at profiling the French killer.

Cobbler said, "This person who did it, if he was not used to that behavior will be projecting some unusual behavior after he did that because it will be on his conscious. It will be on his mind."

Cobbler believes that the suspect likely knows the family and had access to the family's home, enabling him to take the gun.

Cobbler said the murder was likely the first time the suspect ever acted so violently. It would be hard for him to go on with everyday life without acting different.

"Probably a male between 20 and 30 years of age, possibly someone that does not have any violent background but for some reason or another was persuaded to be involved in this."

Unlike serial killers, this suspect is not accustomed to the intensity surrounding the situation and has likely been on edge or nervous in the weeks and months following the act.

Cobbler also thinks the gun used to kill Troy and LaDonna will likely never show up. He thinks it's probably in the bottom of a lake or destroyed.

WFMY News 2

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