July 14, 2008 – Detectives from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office , Criminal Investigations Section, continue to actively investigate the murder of Virginia Carol Kennedy. Detectives obtained additional evidence from the scene last week and await lab results as they continue with other aspects of the investigation. At least one person of interest has been identified and detectives believe Kennedy’s death was not due to a random act. Detectives have also indicated that releasing further information at this time could jeopardize the investigation.
Anyone with information about the homicide is urged to contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 800-932-3232. Callers never have to give their name and become eligible for a reward. Calls can also be made to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at (928) 771-3260.
July 4, 2008 - YCSO Investigators have released a few additional details regarding the murder of Virginia Kennedy on July 2nd.
The original welfare check request to YCSO came from the victim’s mother who is located out of state. She had been on the phone with Virginia during the 8 P.M. hour when the conversation abruptly ended causing her to contact YCSO and request an urgent check of her daughter’s welfare. Deputies were notified immediately, arrived at the home on Bridle Path and found Virginia murdered inside.
Detectives have determined Virginia was home alone at the time of her death. The manner of death is being withheld, as the investigation remains active. Detectives believe Virginia was not aware she was in any danger.
The medical examiner conducted an autopsy late yesterday and detectives are now working with a forensic anthropologist to determine the means and cause of death. Evidence technicians from the Department of Public Safety, Crime Lab Section, were on scene yesterday and took several items of evidence for testing. Detectives are continuing their investigation throughout the day as they wait for test results from the DPS Crime Lab.
Detectives are still asking anyone with information about this case, including those who may have seen suspicious activity around the Bridle Path home on the evening of July 2nd, to please contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 or call the YCSO business line at 1-928-771-3260 and ask for the lead detective on the case, Doug Brown.
Updates will continue as the information becomes available.
July 3, 2008 - On July 2, 2008, at approximately 8:45 P.M., Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrived at a home in the 7400 block of Bridle Path in Williamson Valley regarding a request to check the resident’s welfare. The deputies found 53-year-old Virginia Carol Kennedy deceased due to an apparent homicide.
A team of detectives from the YCSO Criminal Investigations Unit and Special Crimes Unit has been on scene throughout the night gathering evidence in hopes of identifying a suspect or suspects.
Detectives are requesting anyone with information about the homicide, to contact Yavapai Silent Witness immediately. The phone number is 1-800-932-3232 and callers never have to give their name and become eligible for a reward. Calls can also be made to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at (928) 771-3260.
This status of the investigation will be updated as soon as information becomes available.