Authorities: Victim called to report apparent Stafford County murder-suicide

In May of 2015, Lance Buckley was reported missing; he was found dead on Thursday along with his wife and 2 children

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STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office released the identities of the deceased in the apparent murder-suicide that occurred in the Windsor Forest Subdivision of Stafford County on Thursday morning.

The victims are:

  • Lance Calvin Buckley, 35-years-old
  • Amy Buckley, 30-years-old
  • Claire Buckley, 5-years-old
  • Abigail Buckley, 17 months

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Police say that at  8:41 a.m., the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received a 911 call from a male subject who stated he wanted to report three murders and a suicide at an address on Wilderness Court. He then identified himself as Lance Buckley and hung up the phone.

Patrol units were dispatched immediately as dispatchers repeatedly called the residence. When deputies arrived, they entered and located four bodies in the lower level of the home. Stafford County Detectives are continuing the investigation.

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In May of 2015, Lance Buckley was reported missing. He was later found safe at the Brunswick Family Campground, near Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia.

Claire Buckley was a student at Rockhill Elementary, which is a Stafford County Public School.

On Friday, the SCPS released the following statement:

“The entire Stafford County Public School community is saddened about the fatal incident involving a Rockhill Elementary School student. Even though the incident did not occur on-campus, we know it can have an impact on our school community. The grief responders’ team are available at the school to help students and staff cope with the loss. A letter was sent home to parents and guardians informing them of the incident and steps the school is taking to help students. Supporting our school community is a top priority at Rockhill Elementary and all schools in SCPS,” said a spokesperson for Stafford County Public Schools on Thursday evening.”

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