Remains found by hunters

Published 11:58 am Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A hunter on Saturday found remains of what may be the body of a Kenbridge woman who went missing in 2013.

In a press release issued late Saturday night, Lunenburg County Sheriff Arthur Townsend announced that his office is investigating a possible development in the case of Virginia Edmonds, who disappeared near her home in Kenbridge on June 28, 2013. Her car was later found in the Flat Rock Creek area.

At around 10 a.m. Saturday, Steven R. Seamster discovered remains believed to possibly belong to Edmonds while he was hunting with the Red Bank Hunt Club on its Lunenburg County property, according to the press release.

The remains were sent to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Richmond for testing.

In 2013, authorities said Edmonds reportedly suffered from dementia. She apparently disappeared from the house for the third time between 6:30-8 p.m. on that June day in 2013. One of her sons said then that it was normal for his mother to occasionally leave the house to run errands.

At the time, authorities said Edmonds was last seen wearing a Members Only-style black jacket with black shoes and driving her 1999 silver Oldsmobile Alero. She was also said to have a surgical scar on her upper chest.

A man clearing a field for dove hunting found Edmonds’ car in the woods near Egg Road on Sept 1, 2013, a little

more than two months after she disappeared. During those two months, there were extensive searches for Edmonds, as there were for some time after the recovery of her car.

Authorities then said they received a tip she used to baby-sit at a house near where the car was found. Edmonds reportedly would take the children she watched for walks around a nearby park, circling back to a stream to play in the water. Investigators said at the time that a trail of latex balloons was found leading from the car — but there was no sign of Edmonds.

Helicopters and professional search and rescue teams helped out. Lakes were searched. It was all part of a more than 18,000 man-hours hunt. A 12-mile radius was searched using data from a study on the wanderings of 600 dementia patients.

In January, Lunenburg County Sheriff Arthur Townsend Jr. said his deputies and the other agencies helping “exhausted every avenue” they knew of to locate Edmonds, but also said they hadn’t really given up. Tips occasionally came in, like the one Saturday when Seamster found the set of remains. Townsend also said at the time everyone involved in the searches had kept the Edmonds family on their minds.

As of Tuesday morning, the sheriff’s office had no additional information on the case nor would it confirm if the remains found Saturday were in the proximity of where Edmonds’ car was found in 2013.

Anyone having information concerning Edmonds’ disappearance is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (434) 696-4452.