Multiple police agencies continue looking for man suspected of murder, kidnapping in Amelia County

AMELIA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — On January 21, Dana L. William, 43, held family members and friends of Woodell and Olene Brooks hostage, at a home near the Brooks residence. William subsequently left the area after taking Olene H. Brooks, 67, hostage.

At the Brooks home, in the 17000 block of Poorhouse Rd., authorities found Woodell E. Brooks, 67, bound and unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His cause of death is pending confirmation by the office of the chief medical examiner.

Woodell Brooks is the husband of Olene Brooks, who is missing and presumed to be held by William. Also missing from the brooks residence was a 2010 silver dodge caravan with Virginia handicap license plates 433-114. This vehicle has a portion of the front bumper missing on the driver’s side with the rest of the bumper held by zip ties. There is also has a piece of black molding missing at the base of the driver’s side rear view mirror.

The Amelia Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police and U.S. Marshall’s service are attempting to locate Olene Brooks and William.

William is considered armed and dangerous — if seen do not approach.

Please contact the Amelia County Sheriff’s Office, at 804-561-2118.

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