CLOVER HILL — Rockingham County sheriff’s investigators continued today to search for the man they believe is responsible for severely beating a Clover Hill store owner and murdering his wife.
Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson said investigators are working nonstop to bring the killer to justice. All available manpower has been dedicated to the case, he said.
“We’re rotating people in and out,” Hutcheson said. “Everybody is on short rest. They get a little sleep and they come back out. It’s been around-the-clock since Saturday night.”
Rockingham County sheriff’s investigators responded to the Dry River Store at 1228 Clover Hill Road around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Someone called 911 and said the couple, who lived in Harrisonburg, had been found on the floor. It’s unclear if the call came from a customer, but investigators are aware of the caller’s identity.
Police say Eun Sim Kim, 51, wife of the shop’s owner, was shot and killed by a “slender, black man” who was seen on surveillance video entering the store.
Kim’s husband, Jae Young Kim, 54, was severely beaten, police say, and was in critical condition at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville on Monday night. Robbery appears to have been the motive, deputies say.
Hutcheson said the suspect was wearing a green vest with a red shirt underneath. He fled on foot toward Roberson Road, according to authorities.
Deputies believe the suspect might have left the area in a late model, dark-colored Toyota four-door sedan.
Although Hutcheson said no suspect has been identified, his office has been following leads of potential persons of interest in the case.
On Sunday night, a SWAT team was seen at homes in the Hinton and Grottoes areas of the county, but no arrests were made, police say.
Investigators spent Monday working different angles, the sheriff said.
“We have a couple of people back at the scene, some in the field doing interviews and some at the office dealing with evidence and organizing leads,” Hutcheson said.
An anonymous citizen is offering a $5,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the suspect.
Those with tips can call Crime Solvers anonymously at 574-5050, or the sheriff’s office at 564-3800. Tipsters can also submit suspicious activity through the sheriff’s office website at www.rcso-va.com.
Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6278 or firstname.lastname@example.org