GLOUCESTER, Va. — Five people were arrested over the weekend when sheriff's deputies say they discovered the victims of an armed home invasion in Gloucester County had killed and buried a man less than two days before.
The Gloucester County Sheriff's Office (GCSO) detailed the investigation in a Facebook post on Monday morning, saying deputies got "calls in reference to several related incidents" involving two people overnight Saturday into early Sunday morning.
Three people "engaged the victims multiple times at different locations," culminating in a home invasion on Back Creek Road, according to GCSO.
Deputies in the area pulled over the suspect vehicle after it returned to the scene and identified the suspects as Kathryn Wright, 35, David Ford, 19, and a 17-year-old boy.
All three were arrested and the deputies allegedly found several firearms in the vehicle.
During the home invasion investigation, deputies learned that Kayron Long, 36, was missing from the victim's home. A Captain with the Sheriff's Office confirmed on the phone with 13News Now friends of Long said he disappeared and was last seen at the Back Creek Road home on Friday, but they did not file a formal missing persons report.
An investigation involving search warrants and interviews revealed that the home invasion victims, Edward Hodges, 33, and Winfrey Henry Jr., 24, were involved in Long's disappearance, according to GSCO.
The sheriff's office also said evidence indicates that Long was the victim of a homicide inside the home Friday morning.
On Sunday night, investigators with GCSO and Virginia State Police found a buried body in a vacant lot on Carmines Island Road, in the Hayes area of Gloucester County. The sheriff's office confirmed Monday afternoon with the Medical Examiner's Office that the body is, in fact, Long.
A neighbor who lives not far from where police found the body told 13News Now he saw law enforcement and detectives going through a field blocked off by a gate and barb-wired fence. He didn't want to speak on camera, but told 13News Now this type of incident makes him want to get better protection for himself.
Henry was charged with second-degree murder, using a firearm in the commission of a felony, and concealing a dead body. Hodges was charged with concealing a dead body and accessory to a felony after the fact.
For the home invasion, Ford was charged with breaking and entering with the intent of committing an assault while armed, using a firearm while committing a felony, armed robbery, malicious wounding, and larceny with a firearm.
Wright was charged with being principal to breaking and entering with the intent to commit assault while armed and being principal to an armed robbery. "Being principal" is a legal term for being present while a crime is committed.
The 17-year-old was charged with breaking and entering with the intent of committing an assault while armed, using a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a minor, and armed robbery.