Virginia Tech students found dead

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - A gruesome discovery in a remote section of the state. The bodies of David Lee Metzler, of Lynchburg and 18-year-old Heidi Lynn Childs of Forest were found by a passerby Thursday morning at the Caldwell Fields campgrounds in the Jefferson National Forest in Montgomery County.

Police say that both Childs and Metzler had been shot. The young man's body was found inside a car, his female companion on the ground just outside. No suspect has been identified, but at this point both of their deaths are being treated as homicides. It is not the kind of place that you'd expect to find a crime scene like this.

"It's in a remote section of Montgomery County near Craig County. And it was by a man walking his dog and deputies arrived on the scene to find male and female deceased," Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Lt. Norman Croy.

That man walking his dog found 19 year old David Lee Metzler and 18 year old Heidi Lynn Childs. Both Virginia Tech students, both victims of a horrible tragedy.

"To summarize it in one word, it's brutal. Quite honestly, it's brutal," said Montgomery County Sheriff Tommy Whitt.

The discovery of two young lives cut short, both connected to an institution that has experienced so much pain was bad enough. But then late tonight, the Virginia State police department released this statement revealing that Heidi Childs was the daughter of a state police sergeant based in Lynchburg.

It read in part: "Tonight, the Virginia State police grieve with Sgt. Donald Childs and his family during this deeply difficult and painful time."

For now authorities continue their search for clues connected to the deaths of these young people. Vowing to do whatever it takes to solve the case.

"We will dedicate all our resources and efforts to bring the person or persons to justice," Whitt said.

Virginia Tech's President Charles Steger sent an e-mail to the campus community tonight asking students to reach out to one another in the wake of what he called an example of "senseless violence and tragedy upon aspiring young minds from our campus".

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