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Parents Found Slain at Va. Home

August 15, 2002

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BASSETT, Va. (AP) _ Police were searching Thursday for a 9-year-old girl after finding her parents shot to death at their home in western Virginia.

Authorities initially thought Jennifer Renee Short ran away during the shootings, but they are searching for her now on the presumption she was abducted, Henry County Sheriff’s Capt. Kimmy Nester said.

Authorities issued an Amber Alert, relaying information about the case to television and radio stations in the hope of finding a lead in the case.

The bodies of Michael Short, 50, and Mary Short, 36, were found in their home 35 miles south of Roanoke, Franklin County Sheriff W. Quint Overton said.

Michael Short was found in an enclosed carport and his wife was found in a bedroom. Both were shot once in the head, and investigators said evidence seemed to rule out a murder-suicide.

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