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Two found dead inside Henry County home died of natural causes, autopsy confirms

No signs of foul play or homicide in their deaths

Two people were found dead inside a Bassett home Thursday afternoon, according to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

HENRY COUNTY, Va. – Both individuals found dead inside of a Henry County home died of natural causes, according to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

The autopsy, performed Friday, showed no signs of foul play or homicide and the manner of death for both 68-year-old Luther Wagoner and 78-year-old Pennar Helton was determined to be natural causes.


ORIGINAL STORY

Two people were found dead inside a Bassett home Thursday afternoon, according to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

At about 1:30 p.m., the Martinsville-Henry County 911 Center received a call about the dead bodies inside a home located at 151 Belcroft Circle.

Deputies responded to the scene and found 68-year-old Luther Wagoner and 78-year-old Pennar Helton, who they say both were residents of that home.

According to authorities, evidence from the scene shows that the two had been dead for “several days” before they were found.

The Sheriff’s Office said the cause of the death is unknown at this time and an autopsy is scheduled for Friday at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the Western District of Virginia.

Authorities ask that anyone who has recently been in contact with Wagoner or Helton, or anyone that has any information on their deaths, contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 276-638-8751 or Crimestoppers at 63-CRIME (632-7463).


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Nicole Del Rosario joined WSLS 10 in August 2020.