Man and woman found dead in Caroline home

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

CAROLINE, VA (WWBT) - The bodies of a man and woman have been discovered in a home in Caroline County.

A 911 hang-up call came from a home Thursday morning near Farmer Drive and Fredericksburg Turnpike near Bowling Green. Authorities say the 47-year-old woman and 58-year-old man were caregivers of an elderly woman at the home.

Authorities said today that foul play is not suspected at this time. The bodies are now with the medical examiner in Richmond to determine how they died.

For hours, family and friends gathered at this Caroline County home with more questions than answers, as they waited for the medical examiners report, to tell them why two people were found dead in this home Thursday morning.

Detectives were back at the scene, but investigators are quick to point out initially foul play is not suspected.

Family members say one victim is George Godfrey. Authorities say the second person dead is his girlfriend Dena Woolfolk. The two were caregivers for an elderly woman.

Neighbor Bernard Collier tells us he always checks on the elderly woman. But on Thursday morning, he noticed something was wrong. "When I opened the door, I saw him laying in the front. We saw the girl. She was dead in the bathroom."

He called 911. But hung up, "because of the phones, I didn't know if he got the message. So, I went to see the sheriff."

Anita Hennis is George's cousin. She says George and Dena had been taking care of her mom for the past 4 or 5 years.

So far, her mom isn't talking.

"Not to me she hasn't. I hope when I get her out of the house and away from this maybe she'll talk to me," said Anita.

One thing investigators want to know-- how and when these two died.

Gene Petriello: "Tuesday was the last day you checked and everyone was still here?"
Bernard Collier: "Yeah, they were still here."

In fact, many of the people gathered at the house today say Tuesday was the last day they saw Dena or George. The two were found dead Thursday morning.

Dena's family says no gunshot or knife wounds were found on either Dena or George.

Now-- a devastated Anita is back by her mom's side again, after not being there for years.

"We are going to get things straight and back together as a mother and as a daughter," said Anita.

So, in the midst of this tragedy, one good thing happened: a family once torn apart is uniting back together again.

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