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Manhunt on for ‘armed and dangerous’ person of interest in double homicide
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UPDATE: Police are investigating an incident where a Morningside Drive resident was attacked at his home Saturday evening. Police said this could be related to the person who is wanted for questioning in a Fauquier County double homicide.
BY ROBYN SIDERSKY
The Fredericksburg Police Department and the Fauquier Sheriff’s Office are searching for John Wesley Jeffries, a Fredericksburg man labeled a person of interest in a double homicide that occurred near The Plains in northern Fauquier County Sunday.
The slain couple was identified as Nelson Slack, 80, and his wife, 74-year-old Ethel Slack. They were found dead in their home on Bunker Hill Road early Sunday after friends worried when they didn’t show up to church, said Lt. James Hartman of the Fauquier Sheriff’s Office.
Police said Jeffries, 60, is considered to be armed and dangerous and anyone who comes in contact with him should call 911 immediately.
City police have already been searching for Jeffries for several days for warrants pending in Spotsylvania County. The charges include malicious wounding and felony strangulation for an incident that occurred in Spotsylvania.
Jeffries is listed on the Virginia Sex Offender Registry as a violent offender. The registry’s description of him is 5 feet, 8 inches tall, 194 pounds, blue eyes and gray hair.
Fredericksburg police officers found a vehicle belonging to the slain couple in the 1700 block of Lafayette Boulevard around 4 p.m. Sunday, said police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe.
Jeffries was convicted of several offenses in Loudoun County in 1986, including rape, forcible sodomy, abduction for immoral purposes and object sexual penetration.
His last known address was in the city of Fredericksburg. Police said a car linked to the suspect was found near his last known Fredericksburg address.
Robyn Sidersky: 540/374-5413; email@example.com