Murder in Mayberry: True Crime in America's Hometown
Administrator/True Crime Author
Donna G. Smith
Monday, April 10, 2006
The Jennifer Renee Short Case: Virginia & North Carolina
Jennifer's parents, Michael and Mary Short, were found shot to death in their Oak Level home in Bassett, Virginia on August 15, 2002. They had both been shot once in the head. Their daughter, Jennifer Renee 9, was missing. Police originally thought she ran away from the house, but when she was not found quickly, they realized the killer(s) of her parents must have abducted her.
On September 25, Jennifer's skeletal remains were located beneath a bridge on Grogan Rd., in Rockingham County, NC. Jennifer had died from a single bullet wound to the head. As of April 2004, the murders of the Short family remain unsolved.
FBI UPDATED Information from Crime Watch Daily. With photos of suspect vehicle and composite
Jennifer Renee Short Update
UPDATE: Information on one person of interest: Short Case Investigators say, person of interest, Garrison Bowman was found dead December 25, 2014. He died of natural causes. There was never any actual proof of wrong doing on his behalf. They were interested in him due to the fact he lived only a few miles from where Jennifer's body was found and he had left the US for Canada the day after the murders. There was never a connection made between the Short Family and Bowman.