Deaths investigated as homicides

Published 1:30 pm Saturday, April 28, 2012

Flowers placed outside the Joyners' residence.

CARRSVILLE—The death of a Carrsville woman and a second person on the same property are being investigated as homicides, Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Capt. Rick Gaddis said Saturday.

Gaddis did not name the second person found Friday evening. He added that, just like Sandra Joyner, that person also died from blunt force trauma.

“We have not formally identified the second body, which appears to be male,” Gaddis said. “The forensic process is ongoing by the medical examiner’s office.”

The dead 58-year-old woman’s husband, Joe, is still considered missing, Gaddis said.

The Sheriff’s Office received a call at 11:30 a.m. Friday to the check on the couple. Sandra Joyner, a nurse at Southampton Memorial Hospital, had failed to show to work and a relative expressed concern.

When deputies arrived at the Joyners’ locked home at 31334 Walters Highway, a relative let them in. They found Sandra Joyner dead in a back room with blood around her, and Joe Joyner, 62, was missing.

Authorities searched the property and late Friday evening found the second body about 100 yards from the home in a wooded area.

No arrest has been made.

“We have a lot of information that cannot be released in this kind of investigation,” Gaddis said. “Releasing this kind of information could severely damage the investigation. It’s not a matter of not wanting to.”

Officials have no motives.

“We are pursuing a number of leads,” Gaddis said. “This is an ongoing investigation.”

Joe Joyner in November unsuccessfully ran for county supervisor and was a vocal opponent of the Navy using the airport in Franklin for pilot training.

The last time the couple was seen was by a relative on Thursday night at the Joyners’ home.

Virginia State Police, Southampton County Sheriff’s Office and Franklin police assisted.