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Police identify two bodies found in Roanoke home

The cause of their deaths is under investigation

ROANOKE, Va.UPDATE 3/5/20

Search warrants reveal that an alleged abduction in Vinton led law enforcement to a scene in Roanoke where they found two people dead.

The documents say 42-year-old April Barnicoat and 44-year-old Eric Surface were found in different rooms of a house on Queen Anne Drive. Both had “significant injuries.”

There have been no arrests in this case.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call police at 540-344-8500.

UPDATE 3/3/20

Roanoke Police continue to investigate two suspicious deaths over the weekend, but neighbors near the crime scene told 10 News on Tuesday what they witnessed.

Several neighbors said the victims — April Barnicoat, 42, of Roanoke, and Eric Surface, 44, of Salem — lived at the residence on the 1600 block of Queen Anne Drive SE where police found their bodies.

One witness told 10 News a single officer came to do a wellness check Sunday, but nobody answered the door. After the officer found a way in through the back, they left and returned with a larger police presence to investigate the scene.

Neighbors say Barnicoat and Surface kept to themselves, and they never saw anyone but them enter the house.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call police at 540-344-8500.


Police are investigating two bodies found in a Roanoke home on Sunday as a homicide.

April Barnicoat, 42, of Roanoke, and Eric Surface, 44, of Salem, were found at about 4:30 p.m.

The investigation is ongoing, according to police.


Roanoke City Police said they found two people dead inside a home on Sunday.

Just after 4:30 p.m., Roanoke Police responded to a residence in the 1600 block of Queen Anne Drive SE for a well-being check. On arrival, officers located an adult female and an adult male deceased inside the residence.

This is a developing investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call police at 540-344-8500.


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