Hanover murder suspect arrested in Richmond motel

Hanover murder suspect arrested in Richmond motel
Leaudrey Salmon (Family Photo)
Leaudrey Salmon (Family Photo)

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Investigators arrested a murder suspect on Monday morning in connection to the death of a Hanover County Public Schools employee.

Lamare S. Jennings was arrested at the Red Roof Inn at 4350 Commerce Road in Richmond, according to Hanover sheriffs. Jennings is being processed at Pamunkey Regional Jail in Hanover County on a first degree murder arrest warrant.

Hanover deputies found Leaudrey M. Salmon, 44, dead inside her home in the 11400 block of Pinhook Road on Friday night. Investigators say the victim knew Jennings.

From start to finish, Hanover Commonwealth's Attorney Trip Chalkley has been on the ground working with Hanover County Sheriff's Department investigators and other area law enforcement officers to ensure that Jennings, 38, was captured by police.

"We know from the point this incident happened to the point of apprehension, there were several people he may have come into contact with," Maj. Mike Trice said. "We are interested in talking with those people, there are several locations where he might have been we want to know about every one of them." 

Family members of Salmon were distraught, but said she was a loving mother of two. For more than a decade Salmon served a bus driver and cafeteria attendant for Hanover County Public Schools. She also volunteered with the Montpellier Volunteer Fire Department. 

Hanover Superintendent Dr. Jamelle S. Wilson issued a statement on Monday:

"We are deeply saddened to learn of Ms. Salmon's tragic death. Ms. Salmon was a valued member of the Hanover County Public Schools family and she will be greatly missed. We extend our sincerest condolences to her family and loved ones for their immeasurable loss."

Jennings is expected to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The Medical Examiner's Office is working to determine Salmon's cause of death. Anyone with information about the incident can call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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