Search for missing woman ends with man arrested for her murder

Leonard Blackwell Mugshot
Leonard Blackwell Mugshot(Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority)
Published: Dec. 20, 2021 at 9:41 AM EST
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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - Lynchburg Police have arrested a man after a woman was found dead Sunday.

Clarissa Devon Jones, 37, was found dead in the 200 block of Trents Ferry Road December 19, 2021. She had been the object of a search after being reported missing by her family.

Leonard Eugene Blackwell, Jr., 41, of Lynchburg, was arrested in connection with her death and charged with:

  • Second-degree Murder
  • Prohibition against concealment of dead bodies
  • Concealing or compounding offenses
  • Failure to register as sex offender (3 counts)

The LPD is thanking the Virginia Department of Emergency Management with its assistance with this case.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Det. Davis (434) 455-6166 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.

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