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Investigation Continues In Scottsburg Murder-Suicide

The investigation is continuing in the murder-suicide of a county couple Saturday afternoon in the Scottsburg community.

Deputies were called to the parking lot of Short Stop at 1:19 p.m. Saturday where they found the body of 23-year-old Wendy Diane Riley of 2165 Burton Road, Scottsburg lying beside a burgundy Dodge Dakota pickup truck, dead of an apparent shotgun blast to the chest, authorities said.

The deputies also found 29-year-old David Michael Riley of the same address lying in the parking lot beside a blue Pontiac sedan with what appeared to be a shotgun wound to the chest, but he was still breathing.

David Riley was transported to Halifax Regional Hospital where he died a short time later. Both bodies were sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond for autopsy.

“Her (Wendy’s) body is back from the Medical Examiner,” said Halifax County Sheriff’s Captain Steve Cassada Tuesday. “We really can’t finish an investigation until we get the final results from the Medical Examiner’s Office.”

A family member confirmed Tuesday that David’s body also has been returned from Richmond.

Cassada confirmed the couple had had problems the week before. “They had an argument or some other type of problem,” he explained. “She had a protective order taken out on him on June 4, but it expired the first of last week.”

Both Wendy and David Riley attended a birthday party for their 3-year-old daughter at an area swimming pool the Friday before the fatal events of Saturday, Cassada said.

There were reports that the child was in Wendy’s truck at Short Stop when the shootings occurred.

“No, that’s not true,” Cassada confirmed. “The child was not present, she was with Wendy’s parents that day.”

The captain said Wendy’s cousin was with her in the truck that day, and she witnessed the tragedy as it unfolded.

“Wendy was not originally from around here,” he said. “She was from Floyd County.”

Cassada said it could take weeks or even months to get the final results from Richmond. “It’s pretty much wrapped up,” he said, commenting on the investigation. “We can’t close it until we get the ruling from Richmond.

“It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in law enforcement,” he added. “Things like this are rough on everyone.”

A funeral service for Wendy Riley will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in Floyd County. Mayberry Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

A graveside service for David Riley will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Winns Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Kopco officiating.

A trust fund for the couple’s 3-year-old daughter, Abigail, has been established at Benchmark Bank. Anyone wishing to contribute can send checks to Benchmark Bank, C/O Carrie Pate, P.O. Box 1160, Halifax, VA 24558.