Triple Homicide investigation

Authorities were on the scene of a triple homicide on Keeling Drive in Pittsylvania County Tuesday, Aug. 27. 

UPDATE:Keeling resident, Joe Earp, has lived in the quiet neighborhood for 30 years.  He knew the people that lived there as neighbors. "The Bernards live there, they've been living there a long time."

UPDATE: A parcel search of Pittsylvania County public records show that 1949 Keeling Drive is owned by Nelson W Bernard, III and Joan J. Bernard.

UPDATE: Pittsylvania County Sheriff Mike Taylor confirmed this morning at 8:07 a.m. 911 received a call from a neighbor who visited and found a dead body in a driveway. A search of the residence uncovered two additional bodies inside. The names of two females and a small child have not been released.

Pittsylvania County dispatch placed a reverse 911 call to Keeling residents that stated “Citizens in the Keeling area are asked to be on the look out for Matthew Bernard. White male, 19 years old, last seen wearing a white tee shirt and blue jeans. He is armed with a rifle and considered very dangerous. He was last seen in the area of 1949 Keeling Drive in the Keeling community. If you see this individual do not contact him but call the Pittsylvania County 911 center immediately. Citizens in this area should exercise caution and be on the lookout for this individual until further notice.”

The person of interest is considered armed and dangerous. First information from the sheriff's department is that Bernard has fled to the woods. The sheriff's department does not know what type of weapon was used, but they do confirm that a firearm was used.

The sheriff's department has K-9 units on the way and is currently waiting for the weather to clear to get aerial units deployed.

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