Monday marks one year since French family murders

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — Monday marks one year since the deaths of a married couple who were murdered after deputies said someone broke into their Reidsville home.

Douglas Troy French and LaDonna Moseley French were found shot to death in their Pinewood Road home during the early-morning hours of Saturday, Feb. 4.

Deputies responded to a hysterical 911 call from Whitley French, the victims’ 19-year-old daughter. The couple’s younger son was away at a swim meet at the time.

Whitley French suffered injuries that were not-life threatening. She told authorities that a stranger broke into her family’s home before the intruder shot her parents.

In October, Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page revealed Douglas French had told his family in December, 2011 that his 9mm handgun went missing. Investigators believe the same gun was used in the deadly shooting.

Authorities said they have ruled out Whitley French and her boyfriend as suspects.

Gov. Pat McCrory announced last month that the state is offering a $5,000 reward for information “leading to the arrest and conviction” of whoever is responsible for the deaths.