One of two bodies identified in Ruffin fire, homicide


One body was found in the car, and the other body was found lying on the ground near the car. (WGHP)

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REIDSVILLE, N.C. — The discovery of two bodies at the scene of a car and barn fire in Ruffin Monday has turned into a homicide investigation involving at least one gunshot.

Jessica Marie Walker, 18, of Blanch, Caswell County, died from a gunshot wound, Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page said in a news conference Friday afternoon.

The positive identification and cause of death came from the state medical examiner’s office Friday, Page said.

Walker’s stepdad said off-camera Friday that she was a sweet girl who “didn’t deserve this.”

The identity and cause of death of the other body is still being determined, but Page said the second victim is also from Caswell County.

One body was found inside the car, while the other body was found lying on  the ground beside the car. It is not known which body was Walker’s,  Page said.

No arrests have been made, though investigators are interviewing several people, Page said.

Deputies first received a report of smoke on Stacey Road, off Service Road, in Ruffin shortly before 5:30 a.m. Monday.

Firefighters arrived to a barn, which stored hay, engulfed in flames, as well as a burning car, deputies said.

Investigators said early on they didn’t think a car wreck caused the fire or deaths.

Page, who called the incident a “horrible crime,” said the SBI, along with the Caswell County Sheriff’s Office and Danville Police, are working with Rockingham County officials on the case.

Page also addressed what he called “opinions and speculations” posted on Facebook and other social media this week relating to the case.

He said investigators are looking into some of the information posted on social media and also urged anyone with information on the case to call investigators at (336) 634-3232, Rockingham County Crimestoppers at 349-9683 or send a message to his own Facebook page.

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