WJTV News Channel 12 - UPDATE: Police confirm Alleghany body is Ashley Rodriguez

UPDATE: Police confirm Alleghany body is Ashley Rodriguez

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3:52 p.m. Tuesday

The Alleghany County Sheriff's Office tells us dental records have confirmed that the identity of the body found behind the office at Alleghany Memorial Park, is Ashley Kimberlin Rodriguez.

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12:26 p.m. Tuesday

From WSLS 10's Katie Love, reporter in the field

Alleghany County Sheriff's Office believes Adan "Manuel" Rodriguez may be heading to the Charlotte, N.C. area. Investigators say Rodriguez has family in the area.

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10:44: a.m. Tuesday

Story edited to correct age supplied by police. Rosendo "Manuel" Rodriguez is 29, not 33 as we were originally told by the sheriff's office.

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9:19 a.m. Tuesday

 Story updated to add photo of Adan "Manuel" Rodriguez, and his truck.

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12:01 a.m. Tuesday

Alleghany County Sheriff Kevin Hall now tells WSLS that investigators believe 24-year-old Ashley Kimberlin Rodriguez is dead.

Deputies have a warrant out for the arrest of 29-year-old Adan "Manuel" Rodriguez, on a charge of first degree murder.

The couple was married, and have four children together.  Sheriff Hall says other family members are caring for the children.

Hall added that investigators found Ashley's body covered with dirt, not buried, behind the office at Alleghany Memorial Park cemetery.  She had been shot in the face according to Hall, and dental records will be needed to positively confirm the body's identity.

The sheriff hopes to obtain surveillance video from a nearby gas station in Covington, to help with the search for Rodriguez.

Investigators are expected to return to the cemetery in the morning to collect additional evidence, and search for the murder weapon.

Hall said the Rodriguez family lived in the Jackson Heights area of Alleghany County, behind K-Mart.

Virginia State Police and the US Marshal's Service are helping with the investigation and search.

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9:21 p.m. Monday

The Alleghany County Sheriff's Office is searching for a missing mother.

According to Sheriff Kevin Hall, deputies have spent the day trying to locate Ashley Kimberlin-Rodriguez, who did not show up for work Monday morning.

Investigators say Adan Rodriguez, who may go by "Manuel," is a person of interest in Ashley's disappearance, and want to speak with him.  As of Monday night, Sheriff Hall said the US Marshal's Service had been contacted to help find Rodriguez.

As part of the investigation, deputies searched the Alleghany Memorial Park Cemetery and Rodriguez's home.  The sheriff's office requested help from State Police, who sent one of their crime scene units.

If you have any information about Ashley or Rosendo Rodriguez, contact the Alleghany County Sheriff's Office.

 

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