Unknown Short Family Killer - Virginia - 2002 Jun 29, 2013 10:35:18 GMT -5
Post by theczar on Jun 29, 2013 10:35:18 GMT -5
Police and the FBI are looking for the murderer(s) of the Short family back in 2002.
In August 2002, Michael and Mary Short were found murdered in their home. Michael was found shot in the head on his couch, and Mary was found shot in the head in their bed. Their 9 year-old daughter, Jennifer, was nowhere to be found. AMW profiled this case multiple times, trying desperately to find Jennifer. Sadly, a little over a month later, Jennifer's body was found near a stream bed in North Carolina. She too had been shot in the head. As the years went by, this case became all but forgotten.
Back in 2008/2009, the FBI developed new interest in this case, as well as searching out several possible clues and theories. During the time of the murders, Michael Short was seeking employment as a mobile home mover around South Carolina. The FBI is looking for anyone who had any sort of business discussion, deals, etc. with Short around that time. They are also looking for anyone who had any sort of contact with Michael, Mary, or even Jennifer, right before the murders. A witness also claimed to have seen an unknown man sitting in a truck near the Short home hours before the murders. A sketch has been released.
This is a weird case. In the beginning, the obvious thought was that someone killed the parents to get to Jennifer, but I don't think any evidence of sexual assault or rape was found on her. That being said, does anyone know how much her body had decompensated? Meaning, how long did the killer keep her before killing her? I'm also not so sure about the FBI's possible theory that motive may have been with regards to a mobile home moving business. I know business can get messy, but killing a whole family for something that petty?
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