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Woman Found Dead, Police Find Car

Posted: Updated: May 21, 2009 09:50 AM EDT

The car stolen from the scene of a homicide in Afton has been found in Waynesboro. It was found on the 1000 block of B. Street.

Nelson County investigators found 73-year-old Opal Page dead in her home Wednesday evening in the 7000 block of Rockfish Valley Highway. The Sheriff's office believes someone broke in, killed Page, and then stole her car.

The Sheriff's Office issued a statewide "be on the lookout" for the stolen vehicle and searched for the car all day Thursday as well as Page's home for any clues. After the NBC29 News at Five a Waynesboro viewer saw the description of the vehicle, a dark green, 1998 Chevy Malibu, and called 9-1-1 to say it was the same car that had been abandoned outside her home.

Investigators found the car parked on the side of the road. They said they did not find anything suspicious with the car and no damage. Now they are going to process the vehicle and search for any DNA to help with their investigation.

The DNA testing could take several weeks. Nelson County investigators will return Friday morning to the scene where the car was found to canvass the neighborhood.



Investigators say they don't have a motive at this time and are no closer to a description of a possible suspect or suspect. It's not clear how Page died. The sheriff is not confirming any reports that she may have been stabbed.

Page is said to have been a respected person in the community.  She was a retired teacher's aide at Rockfish River Elementary School. Neighbors say she had lived in the home by herself for some time.

Friends were supposed to meet Page for lunch on Wednesday. When Page didn't show, they grew worried and went to her home to check on her. They didn't see anything the first time they went. The second time, they found her dead.

If you have any information about this case, you're asked to call the Nelson County Sheriff's Office at 1-877-570-TIPS (8477) or 434-263-7050.


Reported by Christina Mora
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