Police find third body in Danville

Police find third body in Danville

DANVILLE — Police have found a third body several blocks from the scene of a double homicide in Danville and believe they may be connected.

Early Thursday morning, Danville police discovered a body in the 1600 block of East Voorhees Street, several blocks from the scene of a double homicide in the 1200 block of Giddings Street. Police had responded to that double homicide at 2:45 a.m. Wednesday when a call came in reporting shots fired and a woman being chased by a man.

When police arrived, they found 26-year-old Miranda Oatis, of Danville, in the side yard of a house in the cul de sac at the north end of Giddings Street, the victim of gunshot wounds. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Across the street, inside a house at 1210 Giddings Street, police found the body of 36-year-old Dajunrae Gouard dead, also the victim of a gunshot.

The discovery of the third body happened early Thursday morning, just after midnight, according to Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason, when a command patrol officer was following up in the investigation of the double homicide.

The officer was looking for traces of any activity that may have been related to the murders when he discovered the third body in a weeded, wooded area near East Voorhees Street, Thomason said.

It appears the victim was shot, according to Thomason. Whether or not the death was self-inflicted or by other means remains to be determined, he said.

Thomason said the third body is an individual who was a person of interest in the homicide investigation, but police are not yet releasing the person’s identity or disclosing any other details pending forensic examinations.

An autopsy of the third body is scheduled for today.

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