New picture released of person of interest in Appomattox Co. murder investigation

Published: Oct. 27, 2020 at 10:35 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 27, 2020 at 2:00 PM EDT
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APPOMATTOX COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - A Lynchburg woman is being charged with first-degree murder after a body was found in a burned SUV in Appomattox County, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office arrested 29-year-old Artenna K. Horsley-Robey Tuesday.

Detectives are also asking for help identifying a man wearing a dark hat with a cartoon character on it, seen in these surveillance photos. He may be traveling in a dark 2012 VW Passat with Virginia license plate UUJ-2916. He is a person of interest in this case.

Person of interest in Appomattox County murder
Person of interest in Appomattox County murder(Appomattox Sheriff's Office)
This man is a person of interest in an Appomattox County murder investigation.
This man is a person of interest in an Appomattox County murder investigation.(Appomattox County Sheriff's Office)

Also a person of interest is Ernrico Moss, formerly of Appomattox. He is in custody in another state on unrelated charges.

The GMC Yukon was found in the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest October 21, abandoned near the intersection of Forbes Road and State Park Road. It had been set on fire, and remains found inside were taken to the medical examiner’s office for autopsy. The sheriff’s office said it is still waiting for positive identification of the remains.

“Today’s arrest is the result of the collaborative efforts of over a dozen law enforcement officers working non-stop for nearly 1,000 work hours over the past six days,” said Appomattox County Sheriff Donald D. Simpson. “As evident by this arrest, the inter-agency cooperation between state,locacl and federal law enforcement partners is unmatched.”

The sheriff’s office said the investigation remains ongoing and additional arrests are pending. The office is working with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office in connection to a missing person report involving the vehicle’s owner.

Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to call the ACSO at 434-352-8241 or the anonymous tip line at 434-352-3995.

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