New Details Of Suspect Description, More Information Sought

6:23 PM, Feb 17, 2012   |    comments
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Wentworth, NC -- The Sheriff's Department has released a suspect description and is asking for information in the murders of Troy and LaDonna French.

The Frenches were shot and killed on Saturday, February 4 at their home in the Bethany community in Rockingham County. 

As they continue their investigation, they would like anyone who lives in the area or anyone that may have been passing by around the time of the incident to contact investigators.

This is their current description of the suspect:

*Unknown male or female, race unknown.

*Between 5'8" and 5'9" tall, 160-170 lbs., average build.

*Wore a light gray hooded sweatshirt with white draw strings and pockets on the lower front, green pants, unknown shoes.

The Sheriff's Department has talked with a number of people close to the French family, including relatives, and they will continue to do so as their investigation progresses.

The department said that just because they talk to someone regarding the crime does not mean that they are not under arrest or are a suspect.

Since the Sheriff's Department first released information about this case, they have stopped using the term "home invasion," and are just calling these homicides.

The fear in the Bethany community now that the case is two weeks old is that it's reaching a dead end.  

They don't know what else to think as the days tick from one to another and still no arrests.

"The longer it takes to catch them the longer it's going to be for them to find who it was," said Joyce Brookshire, a server at Cafe 65. 

Blue bows are all over the place in Bethany.

The hope is that it will keep attention on the killings of Troy and LaDonna, but investigators offered no new information on an arrest.

Only saying that they continue to interview people related and close to the French family.

Sheriff Sam Page stated this is not a cold case by any means.

"I have been talking to and we're continuing to talk to several persons that were associated with the French family and associated  with them by work or employees, and again, we'll talk to whoever we need to until we feel like we've reached that point. But we have not," stated Sheriff Page. 

The sheriff said that they have talked with the murdered couple's daughter Whitley and her boyfriend, but they're talking to other people as well. 

He said they have not named anyone as a suspect or as a person of interest at this time.

Full coverage of the investigation.

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