The Virginia State Police have identified the two people found dead in the median of U.S. 58 early Saturday morning and are asking for the public's help in the homicide investigation.
Ntombo Joel Bianda, 21, of Alexandria, and Ayanna Munne Maertens Griffin, 19, of Germantown, Maryland, were discovered on the ground in the median of U.S. 58 near Melon Road in Turbeville after authorities were called to the scene of a single-car crash at about 3 a.m.
While a 2009 Nissan Maxima was found in the median, "the deaths were not the result of the Nissan running off the road into the median and getting stuck," Corinne N. Geller, public relations director for the Virginia State Police, wrote in a news release issued late Monday night.
"The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Appomattox Field Office is still encouraging the public to come forward with any information to help investigators piece together the circumstances surrounding the murders," Geller wrote.
Geller noted this particular stretch of highway is fairly isolated and not heavily traveled in the overnight hours.
State police are looking for anyone who may recall having seen the silver Nissan Maxima with Virginia license plates anywhere between South Boston and Danville between the hours of 11 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday.
State police would also like to hear from anyone who may have passed through this stretch of U.S. 58 near Melon Road between 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. Saturday and saw or heard anything suspicious. Anonymous calls are welcome.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Virginia State Police at 434-352-7128 or #77 on a cellphone or to email email@example.com.