Investigation Continues In Colonial Heights Double Murder

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UPDATE: The Medical Examiner's office has released the cause of death in the murder investigation of Joe and Evelyn Bland. Both have been ruled homicides due to blunt force injuries to the head on both victims.

Neighbors Remember Slain Colonial Heights Couple

Dozens gathered Sunday to honor and remember an elderly Colonial Heights couple found murdered in their home Friday.

The vigil began at the Colonial Heights football field and ended at Joe and Evelyn Bland's home.

The couple's murder left their tight-knit community on edge.

“You can't believe something like this would happen to a neighbor, much less in Colonial Heights,” said Linda Miles. “We are all afraid, we want someone caught.”

Police have not confirmed the cause of death for the Blands, but said the victims were not shot.

Anyone with information about the murders is asked to call police immediately.

Copyright 2011 by Young Broadcasting, Inc.

Colonial Heights Couple Found Murdered

The Colonial Heights Police Department is investigating a double homicide, an elderly couple was found dead inside their home.

Police say a family member came to check on 84-year-old Joseph and 80-year-old Evelyn Bland at their house, located in the 100 block of Conduit Road, Friday around 6:30 p.m.

Authorities report both were found on the first floor of the home; they were pronounced dead at the scene.  Investigators from Virginia State Police then also responded to process the scene. 

After further investigating, officers determined a 2011 Mercury Grand Marquis belonging to the victims was missing from the house.  That car was later located several blocks away and was taken for further investigating.

Investigators believe an older model Oldsmobile, either brown or gold in color, was seen in the area the day of the crime.  The same car may have been near the area the victim's car was recovered. 

Officials tell 8News there was a prior incident at the Bland house around June, 2010.  At that time, there was a break-in, burglary and attempted larceny where the suspect(s) tried to steal a safe.  We're told the safe was taken into the yard, but the suspect(s) were unable to open it.   Authorities report the suspect(s) from that case are unknown and no charges were filed.  8News is told investigators are not sure if this is related to the murders.

Officials say they are actively following leads.  Anyone with information can call the Colonial Heights Police Department at 520-9300.

Stay with 8News for updates.

Copyright 2011 by Young Broadcasting, Inc.

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