UPDATED Oct. 29 at 11:45 a.m.
The Appomattox County Sheriff's Office has identified the person wearing a hat in the pictures provided. He was sought for questioning in the homicide of Carlos L. Rose.
The office stated Wednesday that it is seeking the identity of the second person shown wearing a blue surgical mask at the Madison Heights Walmart on the afternoon of Oct. 21.
UPDATED Oct. 28 at 4 p.m.
The Appomattox County Sheriff's Office is searching for another person of interest wanted for questioning in the homicide of Carlos L. Rose.
The office provided a picture of the person shown at the Madison Heights Walmart on the afternoon of Oct. 21 (see image). The picture also has a clearer image of the same person wearing a hat sought for questioning.
UPDATED Oct. 28 at 1 p.m.
The Appomattox County Sheriff's Office received confirmation today that the homicide victim discovered on Oct. 21 in Appomattox County was Carlos L. Rose, 45, of Lynchburg.
Rose was reported missing Oct. 21 in Bedford County, and last known contact was Oct. 20.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mr. Rose at this time as we continue to work diligently to provide them with answers," Sheriff Donald D. Simpson stated.
UPDATED Oct. 27 at 3 p.m.
The Appomattox County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in identifying a man wearing the dark hat with the cartoon character (see photos) in connection to the recently reported homicide case.
The individual may be traveling in a dark colored 2012 VW Passat, Virginia License UUJ-2916.
Anyone with any information on this case, or the identity of this individual is asked to call the Appomattox County Sheriff's Office at 434-352-8241.
He, along with a man in the red, are "persons of interest" in the homicide case.
The man in the red has been identified and is in custody out of state on unrelated charges. He is Ernrico A. Moss, formerly of Appomattox.
UPDATED Oct. 27 at 11:30 a.m.
The Appomattox County Sheriffs Office arrested Artenna K. Horsley-Robey, 29, of Lynchburg, today on a charge of first-degree murder in connection to a homicide investigation of the burned vehicle with human remains found last week in the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest.
She is being held without bond at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail.
A 2002 GMC Yukon had been set fire and abandoned near the intersection of Forbes Road and State Park Road.
The remains recovered from inside the vehicle were transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for examination and autopsy.
The sheriff's office is still waiting for positive identification of the remains.
"Today's arrest is the result of the collaborative efforts of over a dozen law enforcement officers working non-stop for nearly 1,000 work hours over the past six days," said Appomattox County Sheriff Donald D. Simpson. "As evident by this arrest, the inter-agency cooperation between state, local and federal law enforcement partners is unmatched."
The investigation remains ongoing, and additional arrests of other individuals are pending. The sheriff's office also is working with the Bedford County Sheriff's Office in connection to a missing person report related to the vehicle's owner.
Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to call the Appomattox County Sheriff's Office at 434-352-8241 or the Anonymous Tip Line at 434-352-3995. The phone line is secure, and there is no caller l.D. The investigators are the only people who have access to it. This assures a caller remains completely anonymous.
UPDATED Oct. 26 at 5:15 p.m.
According to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, they received a report on Oct. 21 of a missing person from the Boonsboro area of Bedford County.
Carlos Levell Rose, 45, was reported missing, and last known contact was Oct. 20.
The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is working closely with the Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office and other surrounding jurisdictions to locate this person.
The identity of the human remains found in a burned vehicle at the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest has not yet been determined.
Anyone with information on this incident can call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900 or enter your tip online at http://p3tips.com or use the P3TIPS app on your mobile device. Crime Stopper callers remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward up to $1,000.
UPDATED Oct. 26 at 2:10 p.m.
Appomattox County Sheriff Donald Simpson affirmed that the case involving a vehicle destroyed by fire on Oct. 21 in the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest is being investigated as a homicide.
Simpson said the human remains inside the 2002 GMC Yukon contained gunshot wounds.
The remains have not yet been positively identified and the results may take a few more days, according to Simpson. However, the vehicle was known to have been used by a missing person from Bedford County.
UPDATED Oct. 22 at 2 p.m.
The Appomattox County Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation into remains recovered from a vehicle destroyed by fire in the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest. The remains were found Oct. 21 in the vehicle, which had been set fire and abandoned near the intersection of Forbes Road and State Park Road.
The remains were transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for positive identification and determination of the cause of death.
The Sheriffs Office is working the investigation in conjunction with the Bedford County Sheriffs Office. The vehicle, a 2002 GMC Yukon, is registered to an individual who was reported missing by his family on Oct. 21. The family made the missing person report to the Bedford County Sheriffs Office.
The Virginia State Police, along with Amherst County Sheriffs Office, Campbell County Sheriffs Office, Lynchburg Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms is assisting with the investigation.
Anyone with information about this incident or recall seeing the vehicle fire or suspicious activity in the area Tuesday night, October 20, through Wednesday morning, Oct. 21, is asked to please contact the Appomattox County Sheriffs Office at 434-352-8241.
ORIGINAL REPORT Oct. 21 at 5:09 p.m.
Human remains were found today in an abandoned, burned-out vehicle located near the intersection of Forbes Road and State Park Road in the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest in Appomattox County.
According to the Appomattox County Sheriff's Office, at approximately 11 a.m. today, the Appomattox County Sheriff's Office began an investigation into the abandoned vehicle, in which they found the human remains.
The remains will be sent to Roanoke for an autopsy.
This is an active, ongoing investigation. Anyone with any information about this case may call the Appomattox County Sheriff's Office at 434-352-8241.