Authorities say the bodies of Angie Carolina and Elizabeth Rodriguez Rubio have been found in the area of Shenandoah County and Shenandoah National Park.
The Harrisonburg Police Department had been searching for the 48-year-old woman and her 12-year-old granddaughter since they were reported missing on August 7. They had been seen in Harrisonburg on August 5.
Their remains were found Wednesday, September 5.
“Because the alleged criminal conduct occurred, in part, within the Shenandoah National Park, we are working closely with the FBI to determine if additional federal charges are warranted,” said United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen of the Western District of Virginia.
An AMBER Alert was issued for Angie: Police believed the child and Rubio were abducted by Hareton Jamie Rodriguez Sariol, who was an acquaintance of the grandmother. He was arrested in Pennsylvania on the same day they were reported missing.
Sariol entered a plea agreement with prosecutors, pleading guilty to two counts of first-degree murder. Authorities say he directed investigators to where the bodies were located.
A grand jury is expected to hear the case on September 17.