Arrest of suspect reopens cold case from 2004

Published 12:56 pm Saturday, September 16, 2017

A cold case dating to 2004 was reopened earlier this week with the arrest of a suspect in the murder of a Rushmere man. This information comes from Lt. Tommy Potter, spokesman for the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office.

In June of that year, Johnnie Tynes Sr. was found deceased in his trailer on Tyler’s Beach Road. His death was ruled a homicide due to blunt force trauma to the head.

The victim’s son, Trabion Tynes, had been arrested and charged with the killing in 2005, but the Commonwealth’s Attorney later dropped all charges against the suspect.

This past summer, detectives began to reinvestigate. As a result, additional information was developed that led them to take this case before an Isle of Wight County Grand Jury.

On Wednesday, deputies with the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office — with the assistance of the Surry County Sheriff’s Office —­ took Tynes, 44, into custody at his home on Artis Lane in Surry County.

He was served one indictment for murder and transported to Western Tidewater Regional Jail in Suffolk on a no-bond status.