Married couple found dead after Christmas Eve murder-suicide in Giles County

The husband was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound

GILES COUNTY, Va.UPDATE: Jan. 6, 2021, at 12:05 p.m.

The Giles County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a murder-suicide that left a husband and wife dead on Christmas Eve.

At about 4:30 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office received a call for a well-being check at 206 Risley Circle in Glen Lyn. When deputies arrived 30 minutes later, they were unable to make contact with the residents and entered the home.

They found a deceased man and woman in two separate bedrooms. 60-year-old Diane May Clayburn was found with a gunshot wound while 54-year-old Eric Todd Clyburn was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Authorities said the two were married and lived in that home together.

The Sheriff’s Office said autopsies were completed by the Medical Examiner’s Office and the case is being treated as a murder-suicide.


Authorities in Giles County said there is no threat to the public after two people were found dead with gunshot wounds on Christmas Eve.

Deputies performing a wellbeing check found two people dead just after 6 p.m. Thursday at a residence in the 200 block of Risley Circle in Glen Lyn, according to the Giles County Sheriff’s Office.

Both people appeared to have gunshot wounds, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office is not looking for suspects and said there is no threat to public safety.

The investigation is ongoing. The Sheriff’s Office said the medical examiner is completing an initial investigation.