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Thursday, December 8, 2016
Three dead in double murder-suicide
William Wolf saw a vehicle sitting in the median as he drove to work. He stopped to see if he could offer assistance to the driver. What Wolf saw inside was a man with a gunshot wound to the back of his head
This began the investigation of a double murder-suicide by Danville police and Pittsylvania County sheriff’s deputies Thursday morning.
The running vehicle parked in the median led police to find the bodies of Linda Lawson Milam, 53, and Mark Steven Duncan, 57, at 908 Luna Lake Road, where Danville firefighters were called to the house Thursday morning for a structure fire.
Their deaths are the 15th and 16th homicides in Danville this year.
Wolf, a newspaper carrier, saw “a car sitting in the median” around 2 a.m. Thursday, he told the Danville Register & Bee.
The vehicle was still running, and had its headlights on, Wolf said. He observed “the driver hunched over in the car” and called 911.
When more than 10 minutes passed, he went to the vehicle “to investigate.”
Using a flashlight, Wolf said he observed the inside of the car and saw who police identified as Dylan Roy Milam, 25, sitting in the driver’s seat with a gunshot wound to the back of his head. Police said the wound appeared to be self-inflicted.
Wolf “caught a glimpse” of the “scope of the gun” inside the vehicle, he said. “The barrel of the gun was pointing up at the driver.”
Wolf thinks it was a “short style” rifle. He called 911 back with what he saw.
“It turned my stomach,” Wolf said. “It was a pretty gruesome sight.”
When Pittsylvania County sheriff’s deputies arrived, they questioned him and “I let them do their investigation,” he said.
Deputies used an emergency window punch to gain entry into the vehicle, Wolf said.
The vehicle was registered to 908 Luna Lake Road, and Danville police went there to continue the investigation.
Upon arrival, police found the house on fire and called Danville firefighters and rescue personnel for assistance.
“In the process of extinguishing the fire, members of the Danville Fire Department discovered two deceased individuals inside of the residence,” according to a Danville police news release.
Linda Milam and Duncan were identified as the victims, the news release continued. The two “had injuries consistent with gunshot wounds.”
The bodies of all three people have been transported to the Roanoke Medical Examiner’s Office for further investigation.
The Danville Police Department and the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office are working on the case, but a suspect is not being sought in the case.