Possible human remains found off Philpott Road
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
What appear to be human remains were found in the Henry section of Franklin County Thursday afternoon.
The remains have been sent to the medical examiner's office in Roanoke for identification, according to Lt. Phillip Young with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.
The remains were found in a wooded area off Philpott Road, about a mile and a half from where a burned vehicle was found on Oct. 6 with the remains of Vicky Habour Purdy inside, said Capt. Mark Torbert.
Purdy's death has been ruled a homicide, but the cause of her death has not been released.
Investigators have been searching for Ricky Eugene Dodson, 51, of Bassett in connection with the case since early October. Dodson was reportedly seen with Purdy a couple of days before she disappeared.
County jobless rate drops to 5.1% in October
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
Franklin County's jobless rate dropped to 5.1 percent in October from 5.5 percent in September, according to the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC).
Virginia's jobless rate increased in October to 5.5 percent, up from 5.3 percent in September.
The state unemployment rate usually declines from September to October with the employment buildup in public and private schools. However, with the partial federal government shutdown, unemployed increased, household employment declined and the labor force contracted, according to Ann D. Lang, senior VEC economist.
Virginia's unemployment rate continued to be below the national rate, which was at 7.0 percent, unchanged from September.