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Person of interest arrested in connection with Bedford County homicide

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va.UPDATE, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Authorities arrested Dalton Holbrook in connection with a Bedford County homicide.

Holbrook is facing charges of second-degree murder and grand larceny.

Holbrook is being held in Chattanooga, Tenn., and bond is being determined at this time.

UPDATE

Authorities are searching for the man they say stole the car of a man found dead in his Bedford County home Thursday.

Deputies say they were dispatched to the 6000 block of White House Road. When they arrived, they found 72-year-old John Menna dead inside his home.

On Friday, authorities obtained a warrant for Dalton Holbrook, of Greenwood, Indiana. The warrant is for grand larceny of the Menna’s 2014 Hyundai Sonata. Authorities say he is also a person of interest in this investigation.

Holbrook is described as being 6′02″ and around 140 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes.

The Sheriff’s Office is trying to locate the victim’s 2014 white Hyundai Sonata with Virginia tag WNG- 9916.

Anyone with information on this crime can call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900 or enter your tip online at http://p3tips.com or use the P3TIPS app on your mobile device. Crime Stopper callers remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward up to $1,000.00.


ORIGINAL STORY

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide after finding a man dead inside his home in Moneta on Thursday.

Law enforcement believes the suspect is on the run and could be driving the victim’s car.

Authorities responded to the 6000 block of White House Road after receiving a 911 call around 10:45 a.m. that a man was inside his home with what appeared to be serious injuries.

Bedford County Sheriff Mike Miller said the man’s co-worker stopped by his house to check in on him, and saw he was hurt.

The coworker called 911, however, the man died before deputies got there.

The Sheriff’s Office has not released the man’s name or said how he died.

Miller and his deputies started the investigation, collecting evidence, with one crucial missing piece: the victim’s car.

The Sheriff’s Office is now working to find the victim’s white 2014 Hyundai Sonata with Virginia tag WNG- 9916.

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide after finding a man dead inside his home in Moneta on Thursday.
The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide after finding a man dead inside his home in Moneta on Thursday. (WSLS)

"We need to find the driver of that car to figure out if he or she has a role, and why they're driving someone else's car,” Miller said. "Whoever is driving it is a person of interest, and we need our citizens to be on an active lookout."

If you do see this vehicle, do not approach it, as it should be considered armed and dangerous. Miller said to call 911 if you see the car.

"The importance of investigation is putting that puzzle together, to figure out why and how it happened. We know where it happened,” Miller said. "In a homicide case, not only do we check once or twice, but we check three or four times."

Anyone with additional information about the car or what happened is asked to call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827.