Medical Examiner identifies human remains found in Nathalie belonging to Emma Layne

HALIFAX, Va. (WDBJ7) -- The Halifax County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday that the human remains discovered on November 22, 2017 in Nathalie, Virginia, have been identified as Emma Layne, the Medical Examiner's Office confirmed.

Emma Layne was reported missing June 20, 2017, after she was last seen at her business, Cody Store, which is located in the 10000 block of Stage Coach Road in Nathalie.

Despite extensive search efforts by the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, with the help of the Virginia State Police, no one was able to locate her.

On November 22nd, hunters found human remains in a heavily-wooded area off Sandy Ridge Road in the community of Nathalie. The remains were taken to the Office of the Medical Examiner for an autopsy, examination and positive identification.

“We are still awaiting additional information from the medical examiner’s office concerning the circumstances and cause of death,” said Sheriff Fred Clark. “But, we are treating this as a homicide investigation and are continuing to pursue all possible leads related to Mrs. Layne’s death. This investigation is top priority. “

The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about Emma to please call the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office at 434-476-3339.

“I also want to thank the community for your support and efforts to help find Emma, and especially her family for their patience and persistence during this very difficult and trying process. Though we know this is the news they feared the most, may it at least bring them some closure and reassure them of my department’s commitment to seeing this investigation through to the end,” stated Sheriff Clark.