Wednesday marks 11 years since murders of Virginia Tech students Heidi Childs, David Metzler

More than a decade later, investigators are still asking for tips

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. – It has been 11 years since two Virginia Tech students were found shot to death, and no arrests have been made in the case.

Heidi Childs and David Metzler were murdered in the Caldwell Fields parking lot of the Jefferson National Forest in Montgomery County just two weeks into their sophomore year at Virginia Tech.

They were found by a man walking his dogs the next morning.

Special Agent Scott Mitchell with Virginia State Police said someone out there knows what happened to them.

“We’re asking those people who have information, and you do know who you are, to come forward with that information please,” said Mitchell.

On Wednesday, investigators held a news conference to provide updates on the case and once again ask the community for help.

“For the sake of Heidi and David, for the sake of Heidi and David’s families, their parents their friends, please come forward with your information,” said Mitchell.

State police said the investigation is still very active, emphasizing now is the chance to bring justice to David and Heidi’s friends and family even after all these years.

“If it were our family members or friends the anguish we would have in our own hearts and we can also imagine in the communities effected where this took place unknowns of can I go out at night can I keep my door unlocked?” Mitchell said.

The reward is now at $100,000 for any information about the murders.

If you have information or want to submit a tip, call 540-375-9589 or visit the website dedicated to the investigation.

About the Authors:

Annie Schroeder joined the 10 News team as a reporter in June 2020 and is no stranger to Southwest Virginia.