Virginia officer, woman found dead in truck

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Published: Mar. 11, 2019 at 8:17 PM EDT
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The town manager of Big Stone Gap in Virginia confirmed that a police officer and a young woman were found dead of gunshot wounds inside a truck on Sunday.


that the officer, identified as 21-year-old Bailey Smith, was found with 26-year-old Emeri A. Connery, of Ohio. They were found dead in a 2015 GMC pickup truck at around 4 a.m.

The truck had been traveling north on Route 23 when it ran off the left side of the highway and into a median. When a state trooper arrived on scene, the victims were dead.

Both victims were transported to the medical examiner's office in Roanoke for an autopsy and examination.

The incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Virginia State Police at 276-228-3131 or email