FRANKLIN, VA (WWBT) - Authorities found a woman they were seeking in connection with the suspicious death of a 3-year-old boy earlier Tuesday.
Authorities say a man called the Franklin County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday morning to report the unconscious child in the home. When officers arrived the child was dead and the man's wife, Hope McVey Perdue, had walked off the home. Officers say she left around 4:30 a.m., launching a massive hunt for the person of interest in the case.
Sheriffs found the woman in a garage around 4 p.m. after receiving a tip.
Family members initially told Franklin County Sheriff's deputies Perdue was the child's foster mother. However, authorities now say the relatives were lying and that Perdue is not the child's foster or biological mother. Investigators do not know the relationship between the woman and the boy, nor do they know who the boy belongs to.
About 80 people searched for Perdue throughout the day, including a crew in a Virginia State Police helicopter and several K-9 units. Investigators were inside the Perdue home for several hours looking for clues as to how this child died.
There were other children who lived inside the home, but they are now being taken care of by family members. Police continue to question the woman's husband, but so far no one is facing any charges in this child's death.