Franklin County man sought in slaying
Police did not identify the victim, but the case started when a couple was reported missing.
By Amanda Codispoti
Virginia State Police are looking for a Hardy man charged with murder, but they aren't saying who the victim is or where or when the body was found.
Philip Allan Kingery, 48, is wanted on charges of murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to a news release from state police.
He is de-scribed as a white male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, with blue eyes and blond hair. Kingery may be driving a white 2004 Ford F-150 pickup with Virginia plates PAK-ROK.
He should be considered armed and dangerous, state police said.
The case started as a missing person investigation on Monday, when a report of a missing couple was filed with state police and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.
But additional information later turned the case into a criminal investigation, the news release said.
State police spokesman Sgt. Rob Carpentieri said he could not provide information about the status or identity of the missing couple, or say whether Kingery was one of the people reported missing. He said he did not know who filed the missing person report.
According to real estate tax records, Philip and Rose Kingery own a house in the 800 block of Coopers Cove Road.
Carpentieri said he couldn't answer questions about Rose Kingery's whereabouts because it is part of the investigation.
He also would not release any information about the slain victim, including the person's gender, age or relationship to Philip Kingery.
The body has been sent to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy.
On Friday, a van from the state police's Bureau of Criminal Investigations was parked in the Kingerys' driveway with its back doors open. An investigator told a reporter to leave the property because an investigation was going on there.
A member of the Kingery family declined to be interviewed Friday.
Anyone with information about the case or Kingery's whereabouts should call the Virginia State Police at (800) 542-5959 or the Franklin County Sheriff's Office at 483-3000.