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No ID yet on victim of car fire

Thursday, October 10, 2013

From Bulletin staff reports

The remains of a person found inside a burned car Sunday in Franklin County have not yet been identified, authorities said Wednesday.

“We’ve got every person we can out there working on” the case, “trying to interview everybody and get all the information” possible, said Franklin County Sheriff’s Lt. Philip Young.

Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry, whose office is cooperating with the Franklin office in its investigation, said the results of tests to determine the identity of the remains were not released Wednesday.

The remains are at the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke, Young said.

“We were hoping (results) would come back today, and we’re hearing we may hear a result tomorrow (Thursday). So with that, hopefully, we’ll have some answers,” Perry said.

Young, however, said it is not known when authorities will have a positive identification.

The vehicle was found around 3:18 p.m. Sunday on Philpott Road, just inside Franklin County near the Henry County line, Young has said. A description of the vehicle has not been released.

Franklin County investigators believe the vehicle was parked on Philpott Road within the past two weeks, Young has said.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has not received any recent reports of missing persons, Young said Tuesday.

Henry County authorities were reviewing four recent reports of missing persons to determine if any of them might be connected to the case, said Henry County Sheriff’s Capt. Eric Winn.

One of those people — a woman — has since been located, Winn said. Two women and one man remain missing, he added.

He identified the missing women as Vickie Harbour Purdy, 53, who was last seen Oct. 3; and Amanda “Mandy” Marie Savage, 25, of Friendly Church Road, who was last seen Oct. 2.

Purdy, who is white, was described as 5 feet, 9 inches tall and about 170 pounds, Winn said.

Savage, also white, was described as 5 feet, 2 inches tall and 85 pounds. She has dark brown hair and brown eyes and has “Abbi” tattoos on both wrists and a dragonfly tattoo on the back of her neck, Winn said.

Also reported missing was Ricky Eugene Dodson, 51, of Bassett. He was last seen at the middle of last week, Winn said. A description of Dodson was not available late Wednesday.

Family members filed the reports, Winn said.

“All three (reports) came in relatively close together,” he said. “We want to get it out there in hopes that someone has seen them and (authorities can) at least figure out where they are and if they’re OK.”

Authorities have not said if the remains in the car were male or female. Perry said Tuesday that it appeared there was just one person in the car. However, according to Lt. Young, a pathologist has identified the remains only as being human.

Perry said missing persons reports often increase when a case in which an unidentified body is found receives media attention.

Anyone with information about the burned vehicle in Franklin County is asked to call Lt. Todd Maxey at (540) 483-6601.

Anyone with any information about Purdy, Savage or Dodson is asked to call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 638-8751, or Crime Stoppers at 63-CRIME (632-7463).

Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information related to crimes. The amount of any reward is determined by the substance of information provided and the nature of the crime.


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