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The Alleghany County Sheriff's Office has issued a warrant for the arrest of her husband, Adan Quiroz Rodriguez, also known as Manuel Rodriguez, on a first-degree murder charge.
Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office
Adan Quiroz Rodriguez, also known as Manuel Rodriguez, may be driving a 2001 green and tan two-tone Ford F-150 with a Virginia license plate reading “XPM 2403.” Anyone with information is asked to call the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office at 965-1771 or the Crime Line at 969-4166.
Courtesy Sandra Nair
Adan Quiroz “Manuel” Rodriguez worked at Alleghany Memorial Park, a cemetery where a woman was found dead, with a gunshot wound to the head.
The Alleghany Memorial Park, east of Covington. Photo by Sandra Nair
Ashley Kimberlin Rodriguez
Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office; Adan Quiroz “Manuel” Rodriguez
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
A Covington mother of four was found dead Monday night, and her husband is wanted on first-degree murder charges.
Ashley Kimberlin Rodriguez, 24, was reported missing Monday morning when she didn’t show up for work at a local nursing home, according to Alleghany County Sheriff Kevin Hall.
Late Monday night, Lt. Col. Matt Bowser said investigators received information that led them to her husband’s workplace, Alleghany Memorial Park. In the cemetery, which is east of Covington near Interstate 64, investigators found Ashley Rodriguez’s body.
Bowser said the body was in a remote portion of the cemetery accessible only to employees. She had a gunshot wound to the head and was covered partially with soil. Hall said investigators believe she was killed early Monday morning. The body was taken to the medical examiner’s office in Roanoke on Tuesday , where it was positively identified using dental records.
Tuesday, the sheriff’s office issued a warrant for the arrest of her husband, Adan Quiroz “Manuel” Rodriguez, 29, on first-degree murder charges.
Hall said investigators spoke with Rodriguez on Monday morning, while his wife was still missing. When they attempted to contact him later that day, Hall said, he had fled. Hall said a variety of factors, including the location of the remains, led to the warrant for Rodriguez’s arrest.
He is now considered a fugitive, Hall said. Several agencies, including the U.S. Marshals, are assisting the sheriff’s office in the search for Rodriguez. The sheriff’s office said he is armed and dangerous.
Manuel Rodriguez was last seen at 1 p.m. Monday, Hall said, driving a 2001 green and tan two-tone Ford F-150 with Virginia license plate XPM 2403.
He is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 148 pounds, and has brown eyes and black hair.
Hall said there are indications he has family in Charlotte, N.C.
Manuel and Ashley Rodriguez lived in an apartment near Mallow Mall in Covington with four daughters who are all 5 years old or younger, Hall said. He said he didn’t recall dealing with any domestic situations between the couple in the past, but the investigation has indicated there may have been a dispute before Ashley Rodriguez went missing.
Kim Smallwood was a neighbor to the Rodriguez family and she said she often watched over the children at her home.
"I'm just devastated," said Smallwood. "There were no signs at all. It caught me completely off guard."
Smallwood said both Ashley and Manuel Rodriguez seemed to be dedicated parents and she never saw them arguing or any signs of abuse. She hopes she can work to plan a vigil for Ashley Rodriguez in the next few days.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office at 965-1771 or the Crime Line at 969-4166.
Staff writer Tiffany Holland contributed to this story.
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