Murder of Short Family in Henry County;Task force heading south for new clues

By Curt Autry - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – It's been almost eight years since a Henry County family: a mother, father, and  9 year old daughter were found murdered - all shot, execution style - with a bullet wound to the head. But tonight, we've learned a task force assigned to this case is moving south next week in search of new clues.

August, 2002. Henry County Virginia. In a sleepy little burg, not far from the North Carolina line, called Bassett. It was in the Short's  home, where a family friend found the bodies of Michael Short, and his wife Mary - both had been fatally shot in the head. But missing was their only child, 9 year old Jennifer Renee'. Police thought maybe she fled, and somehow survived.

"Whoever perpetrated these crimes knew, and was familiar with the residence and the occupants, including Jennifer," said Henry Co. Sheriff Lt. Kimmy Nester in August of 2002.

But 5 weeks later, the news everyone feared. Jennifer's skeletal remains were found near a stream in Rockingham County, North Carolina; just about 40 miles from her Virginia home. And even though almost 8 years have come and gone since this discovery - a task force on this crime is still hard at work.

NBC12 has learned that beginning Monday task force investigators will be conducting interviews in this case in South Carolina. They'll be in Bennettsville, Florence, Conway, and Myrtle Beach.

The Short's home in Virginia was on the market and Mr. Short had reportedly been job hunting in South Carolina. Investigators plan to meet with the people where Short had applied for jobs - more than 40 places.

Task force members won't expound on what they hope to learn in South Carolina, but a "tip line" has been set-up, to take calls about the Short case. Anyone with information about these murders is asked to call the Horry County, South Carolina Police Department at (843) 915-8477.

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