Arrest made in unsolved French family murders

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Ladonna Mosley French and Douglas Troy French
Ladonna Mosley French and Douglas Troy French
Jose Silvano Alvarez Jr.
Jose Silvano Alvarez Jr.

REIDSVILLE, N.C. — The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the French family murders.

Jose Silvano Alvarez Jr., 28, has been arrested in connection with the case and charged with two counts of first-degree murder. He is currently being held without bond.

The bodies of Douglas Troy French, 48, and Ladonna Mosley French, 45, were found in their home at 791 Pinewood Road at about 2 a.m. on Feb. 4, 2012.

Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page said Tuesday that Whitley French, the daughter of the Frenchs, was dating Alvarez’s brother at the time of the murders.

Alvarez was living in Greensboro when he was arrested but at the time of the French murders he was living and working as a landscaper in Rockingham, according to the sheriff’s office.

“I would think that making the arrest today would put some relief in the community,” Sheriff Sam Page said.

Earlier this summer, the continued search for answers pushed some community members into action.

People from the community started The French Family Irrevocable Trust Fund. Money was to go toward a reward for anyone with information.

Sheriff Page said Alvarez may not be the only suspect and that the investigation is still ongoing.

Neither the sheriff nor Rockingham County District Attorney Craig Blitzer wanted to comment on a reason behind the French murders because of the active investigation.

“We don’t need a motive,” said Blitzer. “It would be improper to speculate on any motive unless we have a motive are comfortable we’ve developed a motive and we’re just not ready to release any of those findings at this time to the public.”​


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