Virginia State Police Investigate Arson And Suspicious Death


Staff Report —

State Police were requested by the New Church Fire Department to respond to a residential structure fire at the 6000 block of Lankford Highway Saturday evening, Dec. 4, at approximately 9:27 p.m. The New Church Fire Department responded to the structure fire and discovered that the resident was still inside the structure, according to a press release from Virginia State Police.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation also responded and discovered a deceased male, 62 years of age, and identified him as Edward Bruce Mears Jr. Notification to next of kin has been made.

“The residence is in proximity to the Maryland state line, and it was soon discovered that similar incidents had occurred the same day in Worcester County, Md.,” wrote Sgt. Michelle Anaya in the release.

At this time the investigation is being handled as a suspicious death, possible homicide, and arson investigation.

The Virginia State Police is reaching out to the community for any witnesses in the area of Lankford Highway in Oak Hall or in the vicinity of the area prior to or after the incident, who may have information.

Anyone with information and/or who witnessed suspicious behavior is encouraged to contact the Virginia State Police at 757-424-6800 or by email at [email protected].

Investigators responding to a residential structure fire in the 6000 block of Lankford Highway, Oak Hall, discovered the body of a deceased male, identified as Edward Bruce Mears Jr. Photo courtesy of Virginia State Police.
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