Possible Va. homicide and arson could be linked to Worcester Co. incidents, says VSP

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NEW CHURCH, Va. – Virginia State Police are investigating an arson and a suspicious death.

Around 9:27 p.m. on December 4th, New Church Fire Department responded to a fire at a home on the 6000 block of Lankford Highway. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they found that a resident was still inside the home.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation also responded to the scene, finding a 62-year-old man dead inside the home, identified as Edward Bruce Mears Jr. Police say similar incidents had happened on the same day in Worcester County. For that reason, police are treating the investigation as a possible homicide, and arson.

Virginia State Police ask anyone with information to contact them at 757-424-6800. You can also submit tips to Questions@VSP.Virginia.gov.

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