Unsolved Homicide Keeps Lynchburg Neighborhood on Edge

Lynchburg, VA - It's been just over a week since Lynchburg police discovered the body of an 86-year-old woman inside her Ravenwood Drive home.

As of Friday afternoon, the police department declined to give any new details in Lynda Slocum's homicide, search warrants are sealed, and the medical examiner refused to release a cause of death.

Angel Bailey has checked the news every day since police discovered her neighbor's body.

"I was driving to go to the grocery store when I saw all the police cars. And I thought, 'Oh my god, what's going on here?'" she recalled.

It's been eight days, and questions in this normally quiet community have turned to worry.

"We thought there would be some information but the information is lacking," Bailey said.

In the days after Slocum's homicide, the police department sent out an email to residents asking them to be aware of their surroundings, keep their doors locked and front porch lights turned on, look out for each other and call 911 if they see something suspicious.

A police spokesman said they were remaining tight-lipped to avoid jeopardizing the investigation.

"You just have to be vigilant and take courage that hopefully the suspect is going to be found," said Officer Josh Collins, a crime prevention coordinator for the police department.

He suggests residents join a neighborhood watch program to show criminals there's power in numbers.

There are more than 50 active groups in the city alone, each one sends the same message: they're standing together instead of living in fear.

"Nothing brings a community together like a crisis like this," Officer Collins explained.