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Police file murder charge in missing person case

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

UPDATED APRIL 23:

HILLSVILLE — Carroll authorities filed a first-degree murder charge against a Cana man less than one day after a citizen found a body in Lambsburg on April 16.

Sheriff Warren Manning announced late on April 17 that deputies charged Chad James Hall of Cana with first-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and obstruction of justice.

The charges stem from the finding of a decomposed body along Stewart's Creek on land described as a private farm. The remains were sent to the medical examiner's lab in Roanoke for an autopsy.

Manning identified the body as that of Justin Wade Edwards, 21, of Cana. Edwards had been missing since March 6.

The sheriff gave credit for the quick breakthrough in the case to Carroll Deputy Chuck Edwards' investigation on the missing person case. The deputy talked to a lot of people and kept good records in the case, which helped develop leads.

Authorities believe the shooting was drug-related. "It all stemmed from drug problems," Manning said.

The weapon involved is believed to be a shotgun. The sheriff said his department had recovered a shotgun and shells.

"Tell you the truth about it, they were supposed to be friends," Manning said. "Friends have problems, too, and major problems evidently.

"They were supposed to have been fishing that day and that's why they were down on the side of the creek — it wasn't just a bad fishing trip."

Manning praised his deputies for their great work on investigating this case.

Hall is being held at the New River Valley Regional Jail.

 

FROM 4/2O:

Carroll authorities filed a first-degree murder charge in less than one day against a Cana man after a citizen found a body in Lambsburg last Thursday.

Sheriff Warren Manning announced late Friday afternoon that deputies charged Chad James Hall of Cana with first-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and obstruction of justice.

The charges stem from the finding of a decomposed body along Stewart's Creek on land described as a private farm.

The remains found by a citizen were sent to the medical examiner's lab in Roanoke for an autopsy. Manning identified the body as that of Justin Wade Edwards, 21, of Cana.

Edwards had been missing since March 6. The sheriff gave credit for the quick breakthrough in the case to Deputy Chuck Edwards' investigation on the missing person case.

The deputy went out and talked to a lot of people and kept good records in the case, which helped develop leads.

Authorities believe the shooting was drug related. "It all stemmed from drug problems," Manning said.

 

The weapon believed to be involved was a shotgun. The sheriff said his department had recovered a shotgun and shells.

 

"Tell you the truth about it, they were supposed to be friends," Manning said. "Friends have problems, too, and major problems evidently.

"They were supposed to have been fishing that day and that's why they were down on the side of the creek — it wasn't just a bad fishing trip."

 

Manning praised his deputies for their great work on investigating this case.

Hall is being held at the New River Valley Regional Jail.