Police: 3 found dead in Roanoke triple shooting, car accident led officers to house

Trevor Charles (Roanoke County Police)

UPDATE: 8:30 p.m.

Police have identified the victims in the shooting Tuesday morning as: Miranda B. Trump, 18, Roanoke; Brandon D. Dekle, 20, Bent Mountain; and Cole P. Kennedy, 21, Bent Mountain.

They also identified the suspect as Trevor E. Charles, 18, of Roanoke. He has been arrested and charged with three counts of first degree murder and three counts of use of firearm in the commission of a felony.

He was remanded into the Roanoke County/Salem Jail.


ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) -- Police in Roanoke said two men and a woman were found dead at a house in the 9200 block of Bent Mountain Road.

According to officials, police began the investigation around 1:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.

They said officers arrived for a call from a concerned father he had not been able to contact his daughter and began searching for her.

According to police, the father located his daughter's vehicle, which had crashed down an embankment nearby on Honeysuckle Road. There was no one around it.

He then contacted the Police Department at that time to report his daughter missing.

Police said the call then led officers to the house on Bent Mountain Road.

Officers entered the residence on a well-being check, where they found the bodies.

Officers said they are unsure how the crash ties to the murders.

"Investigators are still trying to piece that all together. There was a car accident. The father happened to come upon that and that led them to the home," said Amy Whitaker with Roanoke County.

No one is in custody at this time.

The female victim has been positively identified and the family has been notified.

Police said they are still working to make positive identifications on the two males.

Police added that they do not believe this was a murder-suicide, however, there is no threat to the public.

Officials are pursuing leads as Virginia State Police and the FBI are assisting in the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Roanoke County Police at 540-562-3265.

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