February 23, 2006
The investigation for Gordonsville's first murder of 2006 continues, and police say they are making progress.
The murder investigation has been turned over to the Orange County Sheriff's Department, so officials can keep control of all elements involved in the case.
The murder of Kathryn Danielle Howard, who was found dead lying next to her car, happened in Gordonsville on Wednesday, but today the investigation stretches along the entire east coast. Charlottesville's Newpslex has learned that Sheriff C.G. Feldman made a request to all jurisdictions along the east coast, to be on the look-out, for a second vehicle registered to Howard.
"She did buy it at an auction, so didn't trade her current vehicle in. We do know that she did own the second vehicle, and it's unaccounted for. We feel that's a key piece of evidence," said Sheriff C.G. Feldman of Orange County, Virginia.
Officials are looking for a white 1995 Ford van with a red pin stripe. Its tags are registered to Virginia and read JPE 2745.
If anyone has seen the van, police are asking you to give them a call, because this is the vehicle witnesses reported seeing leave the murder scene yesterday.
Howard's murder is the first for Gordonsville this year, but the fourth for Orange County in the last twelve months.