A multi-agency task force has been formed to investigate the double homicide of two Virginia Tech students.
The task force is made up of officers from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office; the Blacksburg, Christiansburg and Virginia Tech police departments; the Virginia State Police; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; the United States Marshall’s Office; and the United States Forest Service.
What a list! It seems like everybody who can be involved is involved. I can see the US Marshals, and the Forest Service – it happened in a National Forest, so it’s federal land and under the Marshals’ jurisdiction, and the Forest Service is expected – and the FBI, while unexpected, is not surprising, but the ATF? How did they get involved?
Virginia Tech is offering a $10,000 reward for information that helps solve the killings of Tech students Heidi Childs and David Meltzer last week in the Jefferson National Forest.
Police are following leads and tips, but believe the killings may have been random because investigators have been unable to find a motive.
No leads, no idea if the killer is still around, or if or when he’ll decide to kill again.
Be careful, and remember the first step in self-defense is being aware of your surroundings.