Bedford Newspaper Reporter Talks Prior Interview With Woman Presumed Dead
Bedford Co., VA - The woman believed by neighbors to be one of the people found dead outside an Evington farmhouse Saturday gave a newspaper reporter a tour of that farm last year.Bedford Bulletin reporter John Barnhart said Ruby Laughon invited him to visit her family farm for an article on its history."It's been in one family since the late 19th century, so it's a 100 year farm," said Barnhart.Barnhart said Laughon was living in a brick ranch she her late husband had built on the property when he visited last September. He said renters were living in the farmhouse. The Bedford County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday there are no current renters.Barnhart said it did not seem like anything was bothering Laughon. She did not mention and issues with family or others to him."It was an enjoyable interview because it was so nice having such a nice person take me through this property, that she lived on, grew up on," said Barnhart. "This bothers me."Deputies responded to the property on Tucker Terrace after a neighbor called a deputy directly Saturday afternoon, after finding a woman's body in the yard. The neighbor said he went to check on the woman living in the house and her son. The neighbor told deputies he had not seen them in several days. Deputies searched the area and found the body of a male and a dog outside.Laughon, 73, is the property owner according to Bedford County real estate records. She was the guidance director at Heritage High School in Lynchburg as recently as the 2010-2011 school year and a substitute teacher for Campbell County Public Schools. Laughon received a doctorate degree in Counselor Education from Virginia Tech in 1984.Sheriff's Office investigators submitted names to the medical examiner of who they suspect the people may be. Investigators have not received any confirmation from the medical examiner regarding the identities. Major Ricky Gardner tells us the decomposing bodies were unrecognizable.Investigators are going door to door, asking neighbors when was the last time they saw the people living in the home. They are trying to determine how long the bodies had been there.
Barnhart will have another article about his interview with Laughon in this week's Bedford Bulletin.?