What REALLY happened? Police seek public help after arrest of murder suspect Alyssa Venable

NEW YORK, NY - New York State Police are asking the public for help after a major development in a murder case.

They held a news conference on Friday to share more information about the police chase and arrest of Alyssa J. Venable.

Lynnea Crane, the Public Information Officer for Troop E of the New York State Police, spoke at the conference.  She said police want to talk to anyone who had contact with Venable recently. This information could help them understand why she was in Upstate New York.

The police are trying to put together a timeline of Venable’s activities. Venable is currently in Steuben County Jail. She had a court hearing and was released from Guthrie Corning Hospital on Friday.

Crane mentioned that the police are not planning to add more charges against Venable at this time. She also could not comment on whether any weapons were found in Venable’s car when she was arrested.

Venable will be sent back to Virginia next week, but Crane did not give a specific date. Police in Virginia have confirmed that Venable is wanted for the suspected murder of three people.

The Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office reported that Venable, 23, was caught by New York State Police with help from the United States Marshals Service.

This happened around 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 6.

Venable faces three counts of second-degree murder and using a firearm during a felony.

The arrest happened after state troopers saw a gray 2009 Honda Civic on I-86 near the Town of Angelica in Alleghany County. The car matched the description of Venable’s last known vehicle. Police tried to stop the car, but the driver did not pull over, leading to a high-speed chase.

The chase reached speeds over 100 mph. Police used a tire-deflation device, and the car stopped at the I-390 Interchange.

Venable was arrested without any injuries to her or the officers.

New York State Police will issue a fugitive warrant for Venable, and they plan to send her back to Virginia.

The case began on Tuesday, June 4, when Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office deputies went to a home on White Street Court for a welfare check.  Inside the home, they found three people dead: Robert John McGuire, 77, Gregory Scott Powell, 60, and Carol Anne Reese, 65.

All three had, what authorities described as, trauma to their upper bodies.  Venable, who lived with the victims, was identified as the main suspect.

The police are now piecing together the events leading up to the murders and Venable's flight to New York.

Jane Venable, Alyssa’s grandmother, stated. “She is being accused of a heinous, heinous crime, and we don’t know the facts.”

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