Update: Arrests made in death of teen found deceased on road

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3 undocumented illegal aliens, allged gang members, arrested

By Tom Wilmoth



Editor's Note: On Friday afternoon, Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown released the following statement in connection with the investigation to a teenager's body which had been found Monday night on Roaring Run Road. Three arrests have been made in the homicide case which authorities believe was gang-related. Sheriff Brown noted that there is not a danger to the community, stating that he believes the homicide was targeted at the victim and not a random act. He stated the case appears to be narotics related. Sheriff Brown also stated that the three men arrested and charged with second degree murder are undocumented, illegal aliens believed to be MS-13 gang members.


Sheriff Brown's statement:

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On March 27, 2017, at 9:30 p.m. Monday evening Bedford County 911 dispatchers recerved a call from a motorist who reported she had found a deceased person lying in the road on Roaring Run Road in Bedford County. While checking the body the motorist advised dispatchers that an older model Honda Accord with one occupant drove by at a high rate of speed. The motorist said the Honda was traveling towards Rt. 221 .

Minutes later a Bedford County Sheriff's deputy responding to the call on Roaring Run Road met the Honda near Virginia Memorial Park on 221. The deputy turned and stopped the car and the driver of the car identified himself as Victor A. Rodas, age 19 of Lynchburg. While talking to Rodas the deputy learned he was an illegal alien. Rodas was detained and transported to the Bedford County Sheriffs Office. Immigration and Customs( ICE) was contacted later Tuesday morning.

Tuesday morning, March 28,2017, Bedford County Sheriffs deputies learned that there was a report of a missing 17-year-old male from the City of Lynchburg filed earlier that morning. Late Tuesday afternoon the medical examiner identified the body as that of the missing juvenile from Lynchburg. It appears that, at this point in time, the 17 year old, Raymond Wood, did not leave voluntarily.

At 8:11 a.m. Tuesday morning, March 28, 2017, a citizen on Brookhill Road called the Bedford County Sheriffs Office to report that two Hispanic males walked up and asked him to make a call for them. After the phone call a small sports car driven by a Hispanic male showed up and picked them up. A short time later the same vehicle returned and two more Hispanic males appeared out of hiding and entered this same vehicle and left the area at a high rate of speed. This same citizen said the car headed towards Lynchburg on State Rt. 221. Dispatchers put out a description of the car and minutes later deputies located the car on State Rt. 221 and stopped it on Cottontown Road. The vehicle was occupied by three Hispanic males. Deputies determined that two of the three were illegal aliens. One of the illegal aliens, Jose Corea-Ventura, was wanted for murder in Montgomery County, MD. The three occupants, along with the vehicle, were transported to the Bedford County Sheriffs Office.On Tuesday afternoon, March 28,2017, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, (ICE), officers arrived at the Bedford County Sheriff's Office and detained Lisandro A Vasquez, age 24, and Victor Rodas and transported to Roanoke City Jail. Jose Corea-Ventura was transported to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail and held on the Montgomery County MD murder charge. The driver of the car was not detained.

Since the discovery of the body, investigators have processed the crime scene, several different vehicles, and interviewed numerous witnesses. Due to the fact that the subjects were undocumented illegal aliens and not locals an inordinate amount of man hours was required to ensure the true identities of these individuals.

Investigators have worked closely with the Bedford County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, Lynchburg Police Department, Bedford Police Department, Virginia State Police, FBI, ATF, U.S. Marshal's Office, Prince George County Maryland Police Department, Montgomery County Maryland Police Department and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Today, as a result of the combined efforts of the agencies noted above, Investigators with the Bedford County Sheriffs Office, at the direction of the Bedford Commonwealth Attorney, Mr. Wes Nance, have obtained Second Degree Murder warrants for:

• Victor A. Rodas, Age 19, Lynchburg, VA

• Jose Corea-Ventura, age 21, Lynchburg, VA

• Lisandro A. Vasquez, age 24, Maryland

All three are known MS-13 gang members and undocumented illegal aliens.

"Our investigation into this incident has determined this is not a random act and has a connection to narcotics related activity. There is no current concern for the safety of the general public in the City of Lynchburg or Bedford County."

United statement from Sheriff Mike Brown and Chief Raul Diaz



Earlier reporting


Late Tuesday afternoon, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Roanoke identified the body of the person found on Roaring Run Road on Monday night as Raymond Wood, age 17, of Lynchburg. This case has now shifted to a homicide investigation. No arrests have been made at this time but it is not believed there is any danger to the community, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.


Yesterday several Bedford County schools were placed on perimeter lock down while the investigation was ongoing.  It has been determined that the investigation conducted by the Lynchburg Police Department concerning an abduction is related to this investigation. "This is a very fluid ongoing investigation and involves numerous law enforcement entities including federal, state and local departments. Due to the complexity of this investigation we will only release information as we deem it credible and vital for public knowledge. We ask for the public’s patience and cooperation as we move forward with this investigation," the Sheriff's Department release stated.


Tuesday's report:

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At 9:30 p.m., Monday evening Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a motorist, who reported she had found a deceased person lying in the road on Roaring Run Road in Bedford County.

According to the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to the scene. There was no identification located on the body.

The body was transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke to determine the identity of the body and cause of death.