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Vicky Harbour Purdy

Friday, November 15, 2013

By DEBBIE HALL - Martinsville Bulletin

Vicky Harbour Purdy's death has been ruled a homicide, according to Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton.

"We are definitely dealing with a homicide," Overton said Wednesday afternoon.

However, he said the cause of Purdy's death is not being released.

The search continues for Ricky Dodson of Bassett, Overton said.

Dodson, whose 54th birthday was Oct. 31, last was seen in early October, around the same time Purdy last was seen alive, according to authorities.

Franklin and Henry county authorities are working to locate Dodson because they are concerned for his safety, officials have said. He is not considered a suspect in Purdy's death.

Purdy's remains were found Oct. 6 in a burned vehicle on Philpott Road in Franklin County, near the Henry County line, authorities have said. They were identified by DNA tests in Roanoke on Oct. 10.

Overton said the remains were "badly burned" and basically were skeletal.

Purdy, 53, was last seen by her husband on Oct. 3, according to previous reports.

Dodson's mother, Polly "Paulette" Dodson, said her son and Purdy had known each other for years and were friends. The two last were seen together near Blackberry Road, Polly Dodson said.

Henry County Capt. Eric Winn also said the investigation into Dodson's disappearance continues, and interviews are being conducted.

Dodson is a white male with brown hair and green eyes. He is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs about 158 pounds.

Anyone with information in Henry County is asked to call the Henry County Sheriff's Office at 638-8751 or Crime Stoppers at 63-CRIME (632-7463). Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information related to crimes. The amount of any reward is determined by the substance of information provided and the nature of the crime.

In Franklin County, call Capt. Paul Caldwell at (540) 352-5174.

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