Franklin County Triple Homicide- Pennsylvania- 2016 Aug 27, 2017 1:58:01 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Aug 27, 2017 1:58:01 GMT -5
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It's been more than two months since that Saturday night on a lonely, winding road in rural Franklin County, but many questions still remain in the unsolved triple homicide that occurred there.
What led someone to tie up and shoot three people in a barn?
Who pulled the trigger?
How did the shooter know the victims?
And where is the killer now?
Items recovered after police executed a search warrant of the property may help paint a picture of what happened that night. These include several fired .22 shell casings, baggies of suspected drugs and a handwritten note in an ammo can.
But investigators say it's too soon to talk about what it all means.
"The investigation is ongoing and being diligently pursued," Franklin County District Attorney Matt Fogal said last week.
Fogal said he couldn't comment any further at this point about the shooting deaths of Philip Jackson, Wendy Chaney and Brandon Cole, who were killed June 25 on Welsh Run Road in Montgomery Township.
And two months later, all seemed to be quiet on that rural road, flanked by farms and country homes not too far from Mercersburg.
Cows graze in nearby fields. The occasional car eases around the twists and turns in the road. Silence hangs thick in the humid, summer air.
The house where it all happened on the 11000 block, just before a small bridge spanning the West Branch of the Conococheague Creek, appears to be lived in - posted with numerous "No Trespassing" and "Beware of Dog" signs.
While all was quiet at the scene, there's still a flurry of activity among investigators as they piece together the clues.
State police were called around 11:30 p.m. June 25 by Torey White, who told them his brother was "tied up and bleeding" on Welsh Run Road.
They found his brother, Jackson, as well as Chaney and Cole, all of whom were bound and had been shot in the back of the head, according to information from a search warrant application.
Chaney and Cole were both dead and Jackson was severely injured. In addition to the gunshot wound, he also appeared to have a puncture wound to the back of his head.
He was flown to York Hospital, where he died from his injuries.
A 2014 Toyota Corolla with a Maryland license plate had been driven around the barn and crashed into a split-rail fence. A fire had also broken out somewhere on the property, though investigators have not specified where.
From the search warrant issued for the area in and around the barn, police collected items that include:
Four .22 caliber shell casings
One .22 short shell casing
One .22 long magnum shell casing
A bullet and a bullet jacket
A handwritten note in an ammo can
Black zip ties
A pink arrow
A black powder container
Two red gas cans
A glass pipe from a vehicle in the barn
An eviction notice
A three-page letter to Jackson
A Thompson Center Arms .50 flintlock rifle
Marijuana from the cup holder of a vehicle in the barn
A baggie containing suspected drugs in a black purse
A baggie of suspected heroin
A baggie containing 17 smaller plastic bags
A plastic bag containing suspected marijuana
A silver pipe in the grass
A baggie containing suspected drugs found on Cole.
The warrant on the car crashed into the fence yielded the following:
A camouflage crossbow
An appointment card
A sheet of paper with names and phone numbers written on it.
DNA swabs were also taken from the car.
While investigators have nothing to release at this point, Pennsylvania State Police Troop H spokesman Trooper Robert Hicks said anyone who may have information about the shooting should call the Pennsylvania State Police at Chambersburg, 717-264-5161.
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