Update: 3:08 p.m

The Smyth County Sheriff's Office has identified the victims of an apparent murder-suicide discovered in Chilhowie Wednesday morning.

Smyth County Sheriff Chip Shuler said a preliminary investigation shows that 46-year-old Sarah Elizabeth Cunningham was shot and killed by 48-year-old Chad Robert Cunningham who then took his own life. The shooting took place inside the couple’s home at 179 Piedmont Circle in Chilhowie.

Deputies located the Cunninghams’ bodies Wednesday morning during a welfare check at the residence.

Shuler said the investigation will remain active pending a final toxicology report from the medical examiner.


Original Story

The Smyth County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide following the discovery of two bodies in a Chilhowie home, said Smyth County Sheriff Chip Shuler.

Deputies located the bodies this morning while doing a welfare check at a residence on Piedmont Road, he said.

The scene has been processed and the bodies have been sent to the medical examiner’s office in Roanoke for autopsies.

Names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification to the family.

The investigation is ongoing.

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