Homicide investigation underway in Appalachia, Va.; person of interest sought in case

Courtesy of Wise County Sheriff's Office
Courtesy of Wise County Sheriff's Office

APPALACHIA, VA (WJHL) – Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp confirmed that a homicide investigation is underway in Appalachia, Virginia.

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Courtesy of Wise County Sheriff’s Office

According to Wise County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook post, deputies are asking the public’s assistance in locating Eric Monroe Jones, who is a person of interest and is needed for questioning in the investigation.

Jones is also reportedly wanted on a felony probation violation with an original charge of attempted murder for hire.

According to the post, Jones should be considered armed and dangerous and people should not approach or apprehend him.

Slemp told News Channel 11 Monday afternoon that at this point that case is still considered a homicide investigation and said multiple other law enforcement agencies are working to solve this case.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911 or the Wise County Sheriff’s Office at 1-276-328-3756.

The Appalachia Police Department, the Wise County Sheriff’s Office and the Big Stone Gap Police Department are all conducting the investigation.

News Channel 11 will continue to update this story with more information as it becomes available.

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