Update

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has named two persons of interest in the case of a missing man from West Virginia found dead in a home in Boones Mill.

Jessica Blair Hiner, 35, and Maurice Allen Jones, 37, both from Roanoke, have been named as persons of interest.

Both Hiner and Jones were recently incarcerated on unrelated charges and remain in custody at this time.

The victim has been identified as William Kirk Odell, 58, who had been reported as missing in West Virginia by a family member.

His vehicle, a 2011 White Dodge Durango, was located unoccupied in Roanoke City on March 29.

If anyone has any information that associates either person of interest with this vehicle or the victim, contact Investigator Willoughby at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 540-483-6615.

Original 3-30-21

A missing man from West Virginia was found dead in a home in Boones Mill, and circumstances surrounding his death are considered suspicious, according to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office today.

The sheriff's office received a 911 call at approximately 1:15 p.m. Monday, March 29, from a landlord reporting that his tenant was deceased in his home.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 6000 block of Bethlehem Road in Boones Mill and confirmed one male was deceased on arrival.

The victim has been identified as William Kirk Odell, 58, who had been reported as missing in West Virginia by a family member.

Although circumstances surrounding his death are considered suspicious, the sheriff's office stated that there is no threat to the community.

This remains an ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information that may apply to this incident are urged to contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 540-483-3000.

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