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Search in Resort Murders Causes School Lock-down PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Tuesday, 24 March 2009 01:34

HOT SPRINGS, Va. -Two supervisors of a posh Virginia mountain resort were killed Saturday while guests dined nearby.  The search that followed caused a lock-down of Alleghany County Schools yesterday along with schools in Bath County just across the Virginia line. 


According to several regional news outlets, the search is for 59-year old Beacher Ferrel Hackney, who is said to have fled The Homestead resort in Hot Springs just after shooting his two supervisors to death in the resort's kitchen at about 8pm Saturday.  Guests were dining just a short distance from the shooting, but a resort spokesman said a band covered the noise of the shots.


Searchers on foot and using a helicopeter scoured the area, according to Bath County Sheriff Larry Norfleet, who said visibility with little foilage was good yesterday, but they reported no signs of Hackney.  The ten schools were closed as a precaution on the chance that the suspect could be flushed out and might find his way into a school.  Dead are Ronnie Stinnett and Dwight Kerr, who worked with Hackney washing dishes and cleaning at the resort.


No motive for the shootings has been released by Virginia authorities, and a search of Hackney's Covington home yielded no clues to the double homicide, and no evidence that he had been there since the shootings.  He was last seen fleeing into the woods across from The Homestead Resort just after themurders.


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