by Nick Cafferky, news editor
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has finally released details surrounding the shooting of both David Metzler and Heidi Childs — namely that it has DNA evidence.
Metzler and Childs were killed in the parking lot of Caldwell Fields on Aug. 26, 2009 between 8:25 and 10 p.m. and very little has been known about the circumstances until now.
Both victims were shot with what has now been identified as a .30-caliber rifle at which point the killer stole Childs’ purse. The murder task force is still attempting to recover the purse, which included a silver Motora Razr cell phone, a silver Sony Cybershot camera, a Virginia Tech lanyard, and Childs’ credit card and Hokie Passport.
The task force is also looking for several vehicles that might have seen the killer fleeing from the scene, as many people were traveling to and from church services on Craig Creek Road. Those vehicles are: a green sedan (possibly a Taurus or Intrepid); a dark blue Dodge Caravan; a dark colored, older model van or minivan parked at Caldwell Fields after dark; a red or red/white Dodge pick-up with dual exhausts and oversized tires and tinted windows; and a gray or cream colored Pontiac Bonneville.
Currently, investigators are focusing their efforts on collecting DNA samples from residents and others that frequent the area around Caldwell Fields for elimination purposes.
To the killer, Sheriff Tommy Whitt had just one thing to say.
“We have DNA evidence,” he said. “We are actively pursuing you, we will not rest until you are apprehended.”
If you have information pertaining to the investigation, contact the task force at 540-382-6900