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Investigators & Community Still Searching for Answers in Short Family Murders 11 Years Later

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For 11 years now, the Henry County community has been searching for answers in the murders of the Short family.

On Aug. 15, 2002, Michael and Mary Short were discovered in their Oak Level home, shot dead.  Just weeks later on Sept. 25, the body of their 9-year-old daughter Jennifer was recovered from a pond in North Carolina.

No one has ever been charged in connection to their deaths.

The Henry County Sheriff's Office says solving the case continues to be a top priority and it remains an active investigation. 

Lead Investigator Lt. Curtis Spence says as recently as Thursday morning deputies were out doing interviews, following up on tips related to the case. He says they typically get more calls as it gets closer to the anniversary, and that they've received more tips this past year than in the previous four.

Spence says investigators are also waiting to get results on several pieces of evidence they sent to two crime labs for firearms and DNA testing.

In the meantime, he continues to ask for any information that may give them the break they and community members so desperately want.

There is an $80,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest. If you have any information, you are urged to call the Henry County Sheriff's Office at (276) 638-8751 or Crime Stoppers at (276) 63-CRIME.