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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The governor’s office has offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest in the shooting deaths of an East Carolina University student’s parents in Rockingham County.

Douglas “Troy” French, 48, and his wife LaDonna, 45, were found shot to death inside their Reidsville home on Feb. 4.

Their 19-year-old daughter, Whitley, an ECU student, also was attacked but did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

Rockingham County Sheriff Samuel Page made the request to the governor’s office several months ago. Gov. Pat McCrory on Friday announced the reward had been approved.

“Sheriff Page made this request hoping that a larger reward might help to bring forward anyone that had information about the case and will continue to pursue any and all avenues to bring this investigation to closure and bring the person or persons responsible to justice,” sheriff’s office spokesman Kevin Suthard said on Tuesday.

Sheriff’s officials responded to 791 Pinewood Road after Whitley French called 911 and said an unknown person broke in and shot her parents.

Investigators believe French’s missing High Point Brand 9mm was used to shoot and kill the couple during the home invasion.

French reportedly told his family members in December of 2011 that he was unable to locate the handgun.

Evidence also indicates a male suspect left his DNA at the crime scene, officials reported.

Investigators suspect he may have ties to the community and said friends and family likely would believe him to be incapable of this type of crime.

Anyone with information about the case should contact the Rockingham County Sheriff’s

Office at 336-634-3232 or the State Bureau of Investigation at 919-662-4500.

via The Daily Reflector.


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