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Two missing women found dead in Harrisonburg; suspect arrested

The victims were discovered in an undeveloped lot off of Linda Lane.
Anthony Robinson
Anthony Robinson(Harrisonburg Police Department)
Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 4:50 AM EST
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - Two women found dead in Harrisonburg on Tuesday have been identified and they both were reported missing in separate cases. A suspect has been arrested.

Harrisonburg Police said the bodies of Allene Elizabeth “Beth” Redmon, 54, of Harrisonburg and Tonita Lorice Smith, 39, of Charlottesville were found in an undeveloped lot near Linda Lane.

Anthony Robinson of Washington, D.C., 35, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two felony counts of concealing, transporting or altering a dead body.

Police say the bodies of both women were discovered within a short distance of each other. According to investigators, the deaths occured at different times.

HPD said Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office has taken over the forensic investigation and has yet to determine the exact time or cause of death for either victim.

As of now, HPD is not seeking any additional suspects related to this incident.

If you have information that could assist this investigation, please call Detective Wetherell at 540-432-7788 or email her at leslie.wetherell@harrisonburgva.gov. Anonymous tips related to this incident, or any crime can be sent to Crime Solvers at (540) 574-5050 or by texting “HPD” plus their tip to CRIMES (274637)

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According to a press release sent out by the Harrisonburg director of communications, the Harrisonburg Police Department is currently conducting an investigation after two deceased individuals were located in the area of Linda Lane and Country Club Road on Tuesday evening, Nov. 23.

HPD says a suspect is in custody related to the investigation and charges are currently pending.

The victims, both adult females, were discovered in an undeveloped lot off of Linda Lane. No further information on the two victims has been released.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact HPD’s Major Crimes Unit by calling (540)-437-2640.

As this is an ongoing investigation, be sure to stay with WHSV both on air and online for the latest information.

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