Possible second vehicle involved in Halifax Co. double murder case

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HALIFAX COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7)-- Virginia State Police are looking into the possibility a second vehicle was involved in the killing of two people late Friday or early Saturday..

"We are exploring multiple possibilities to include there being a second vehicle involved, which is why it is so important for anyone who may have seen or heard something suspicious early Saturday morning along Philpott Road to reach out to state police," said Capt. David O. Cooper II, Commander of the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Appomattox Field Office.

The victims were found near a Nissan Maxima that was discovered in the Route 58 median near Melon Road in Halifax County.

Ayanna Munne Maertens Griffin, 19, of Germantown, Md., and Ntombo Joel Bianda, 21, of Alexandria, Va., died, but not as a result of the sedan running off the road, according to State Police. The cause of death is still being looked into, but police say they were murdered.

The Nissan is registered to Bianda, according to State Police.

Police also point to this stretch of Route 58, named Philpott Road, as one that typically is not heavily traveled overnight and that is fairly isolated.

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Appomattox Field Office is asking for the public to help them in piecing together this case. They say anyone who may remember seeing the silver Nissan Maxima with Virginia plates within the stretch between South Boston and Danville between the hours of 11 p.m. Friday (Feb. 7) and 3 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 8) should contact them.

State Police also ask anyone who passed through this area of Route 58/Philpott Road near Melon Road between 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 8) and heard or saw anything suspicious to please call them at 434-352-7128 or #77 on a cell phone.

Calls can remain anonymous.

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