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Police: Man had local ties

Friday, November 8, 2013


A woman found dead in a Roanoke home Wednesday died of multiple stab wounds, and her death has been ruled a homicide, according to the Roanoke Police Department.

Jeanne Elisabeth Smith, 57, was found dead Wednesday morning inside the home on 7th Street in Roanoke, the department has said. Her daughter, Elizabeth Marie Wood, 23, was found on the home’s front porch suffering from multiple stab wounds, police have said.

Smith’s husband, 44-year-old Michael Alan Iseman, was arrested at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday on the first block of Jordan Drive in Bassett, said police department spokesman Scott Leamon. Jordan Drive is off of Philpott Dam Road.

Iseman was charged with malicious wounding in connection with Wood’s injuries, police have said.

Iseman “does have prior connections to the Martinsville area,” Leamon said Thursday.

He said the exact nature of those connections is still being investigated, as are other details.

“It’s still part of the investigation why exactly he went to that area,” Leamon said.

Investigators were led to Bassett by “basic witness interviews and other investigatory tools,” he added.

He declined to elaborate, citing the ongoing investigation.

Iseman is being held in the Roanoke City Jail. According to online court records, he was arraigned Thursday and is being represented by a public defender.

Wood was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital on Wednesday for treatment. Her condition was not available Thursday.

An infant also was found inside the home on 7th Street, Leamon said. The child was unharmed, and social services was called to the scene, Leamon said.

He did not know any other details about the child, including how it came to be in the home.

The police department “is in consultation with the commonwealth’s attorney’s office on pending charges” related to Smith’s death, Leamon said in an email.


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