UPDATE: Juvenile charged for Highland County murder

UPDATE:  A 14-year-old boy is now facing murder charges in connection to the shooting of a woman in Highland County.  

Ruth Knave, a 76-year-old from Maryland, was found dead in a home in the 5200 block of Doe Hill Road on September 17th.  Her car was also missing from the residence. 

The Virginia State Police found the car at the Richmond International Airport and the teen who has now been charged was taken into custody. 

Here is the latest press release: 

SALEM, Va. – At the direction of the City of Roanoke Commonwealth’s Attorney, a 14-year-old Highland County male has been charged with first degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and two counts of theft of a credit card for his alleged role in the fatal shooting of a Maryland woman in Highland County. He has been held in a juvenile facility on a charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle since Richmond Airport Police took him into custody at the airport.

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Field Office continues to investigate the fatal shooting that occurred Sept. 17, 2017. The Roanoke Commonwealth’s Attorney has been appointed as a special prosecutor for the case.

Shortly before 6 p.m., on Sept. 17, 2017, the Highland County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in the 5200 block of Doe Hill Road in the McDowell community to conduct a welfare check. Inside the residence, the deputies located a deceased adult female, Ruth Ann Knave, 76, of Tall Timbers, Md. Knave’s 2009 Subaru Forester was missing from the residence.

Further investigation led Virginia State Police to the Richmond International Airport (RIC) in Richmond, Va., where the Subaru was located in the parking lot. The male juvenile was taken into custody by RIC Police later that same night.

Knave’s remains were transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for examination and autopsy. 

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UPDATE:  Now we know the name of the woman who was shot and killed in Highland County. 

Ruth Knave was found dead inside a home on Doe Hill Road in the McDowell community. 

Her Subaru Forester was also missing from the residence.  

A juvenile boy has been arrested in connection to this case.  

Knave's body was taken to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy. 

Here is the press release: 

SALEM, Va. – The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Field Office is investigating a fatal shooting in Highland County that occurred Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.

Shortly before 6 p.m., Sunday, the Highland County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in the 5200 block of Doe Hill Road in the McDowell community to conduct a welfare check. Inside the residence, the deputies located a deceased adult female, Ruth Ann Knave, 76, of Tall Timbers, Md. Knave’s 2009 Subaru Forester was missing from the residence.

Further investigation led Virginia State Police to the Richmond International Airport (RIC) in Richmond, Va., where the Subaru was located in the parking lot. A male juvenile was taken into custody by RIC Police.

Knave’s remains were transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for examination and autopsy.

The investigation remains ongoing at this time. 

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A juvenile has been arrested in connection to a murder in Highland County. 

It happened on Sunday, September 17 at a home in the 5200 block of Doe Hill Road in the McDowell community. 

The Highland County Sheriff's Office found the body of a woman inside the home while doing a welfare check.  Her Subaru Forester was also missing from the home. 

The investigation led Virginia State Police to the Richmond International Airport where the Subaru was found in the parking lot. A juvenile boy was taken into custody by airport police.  

The woman's body was taken to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy. 

Here is the press release: 

SALEM, Va. – The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Field Office is investigating a fatal shooting in Highland County that occurred Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.

Shortly before 6 p.m., Sunday, the Highland County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in the 5200 block of Doe Hill Road in the McDowell community to conduct a welfare check. Inside the residence, the deputies located a deceased adult female. The woman’s 2009 Subaru Forester was missing from the residence.

Further investigation led Virginia State Police to the Richmond International Airport (RIC) in Richmond, Va., where the Subaru was located in the parking lot. A male juvenile was taken into custody by RIC Police.

The woman’s remains were transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for examination and autopsy.

The investigation remains ongoing at this time. 


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