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Triple homicide investigation continues in Washington County

MENDOTA, VA (WCYB)— Law enforcement surrounded Mendota’s community center Wednesday as they resumed the search for evidence in a triple murder case.

Authorities said James Michael Wright admitted to killing three women and disposing of their bodies.

About 75 officers from multiple agencies across the region scoured 40 acres of woods surrounding Wright’s home.

“We’re looking for maybe even some clothing items or things of that nature that may be in those woods around where this happened,” Washington County, Virginia, Capt. James Blevins said.

The bodies of two women were recovered more than two weeks ago, but a third body is still missing. A search of the Holston River nearby turned up no signs. Officers searched again Wednesday.

“Due to high water that hit us last week, we had to suspend that,” Blevins said.

Meanwhile, residents are trying to regain a sense of normalcy after the murders shocked this small town.

“There’s a little bit of, I don’t want to call it fear, but a little bit of concern,” Mendota Baptist Church Pastor Joe Durant said.

The search lasted four hours. Sheriff Fred Newman said they haven’t found any new evidence so far.

NBC News

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