New Details Emerge About Person of Interest in Slocum Murder

Lynchburg, VA - Search warrants are shedding new light in the unsolved murder of an 86-year-old Lynchburg woman.

Police have named Scott C. Miles, Lynda Slocum's estranged son-in-law as a person of interest in her death.

More than three weeks after Lynda Slocum's body was discovered on Ravenwood Drive, police say her son-in-law's story doesn't add up.

"Scott Miles is a person of interest in the investigation due to some discrepancies he made in a statement to our investigators," said Whit Clark.

The discrepancies include Miles telling police he hadn't been to Lynchburg in more than a month, when "pings" from cell phone towers and surveillance video from a Lynchburg convenience store put him in the area on December 19.

The next day, on December 20, police were responding to a welfare check when they discovered Lynda Slocum's body, along with signs her home had been broken into.

Police have not released a cause of death.

According to search warrants, though, a Lynchburg police detective found Slocum's body in a chair, with her head covered by a wooden magazine rack that had been placed on top of her chest.

After discovering the body, police executed three search warrants: one at Scott Miles's home in Henrico County, and two at his mother's home in Hopewell.

They were looking for blood, fibers, hairs and clothing, as well as Miles' cell phone, computers and financial documents in Slocum's name.

On January 4, police searched the Hopewell residence again after getting surveillance video from a Lynchburg convenience store.

The video showed the clothes Miles was wearing the night before Slocum's body was discovered.

"The purpose of the search warrants was to locate any evidence that can implicate Scott Miles in the murder of Lynda Slocum or eliminate him as a person of interest in the investigation," Clark said.

Police are waiting for forensic evidence to come back from the state crime lab.

In the meantime, investigators say this case is far from being open and shut.

"Right now, we're investigating leads that come in from anywhere that could take us in any direction," Clark explained.

Police wouldn't describe the relationship between Slocum and her son in law.

When reached by phone, Scott Miles' mother declined to comment.

Miles did not return any of our phone calls seeking comment.