Search Warrant reveals new details in double-murder case

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COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA (WWBT) – There's new information in the case of an elderly couple found murdered in their Colonial Heights home.

Tuesday morning, NBC12 obtained copies of a search warrant that outlines what police were looking for inside Joseph and Evelyn Bland's home. Investigators searched for firearms, baseball bats, tire irons, or any weapon used to cause blunt force trauma.

According to the document investigators took numerous swabs of reddish stains, the wallet of Joseph Bland, a metal can, and post it notes containing fibers and hairs. Investigators also lifted fingerprints from the home.

84-year-old Joseph Bland and his wife, 80-year-old Evelyn, were found murdered in their home last week. The cause of death is blunt force injuries to the head.

Family members of Joe and Evelyn say they're not ready to speak publicly about the murders. But folks at American Legion Post #284, where Joe was a member for more than 30 years, have plenty to say.

Vicki Seifried and Patricia Donnelly are also members at the post and they consider Joe to be family.

"To know it was a member of our family here -- it touches home and it angers me more than anything," said Seifried.

They want this murder mystery solved, soon.

"I'd like to know who's responsible for this and who would do a tragic thing like this to an elderly couple," said Donnelly.

Both ladies say the crime has caused them to change the way they live.

"Since this happened, to be honest, I sleep with my gun," said Seifried.

Police say they're working around the clock on the case.

"We're utilizing all the resources we have available to try and solve this as quickly as possible," said Sgt. Robert Ruxer.

Investigators are still searching for an older model Oldsmobile, gold or brown in color that was seen in the area on the day of the double-murder. For now, there are more questions than answers about who took the lives of the couple and why.

A funeral service for Joe and Evelyn Bland is set for one o'clock on Thursday at Ocran United Methodist Church in Sutherland.

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