Leesburg police investigating the killings of an elderly couple are searching files at two local medical centers for information on anyone with recent wounds to hands, fingers or wrists, according to search warrants filed in Loudoun County Circuit Court last week.
Capt. Claggett Moxley, a spokesman for the Leesburg Police Department, would not comment on the documents, other than to say that it was standard procedure when the suspect or suspects might have been injured.
Francis and Lillian Beland were found dead in their condominium Oct. 28, the first homicide victims in Leesburg in three years. The state medical examiner's office said that Francis, 75, died of stab wounds to his chest and Lillian Beland, 71, of asphyxiation.
The Belands were found dead in their nightclothes in their master bedroom after neighbors reported smelling smoke coming from their apartment in the 100 block of Fort Evans Road SE. Moxley said that a small fire had been set by someone trying to cover up the killings but that it was out by the time firefighters arrived.
The Leesburg police received search warrants for medical records at Loudoun Hospital Center and the Loudoun Medical Group D/B/A NOVA Urgent Care Center. In requesting the warrants, detective Stewart Chase wrote that he had contacted both facilities and learned that "several injuries of note were reported following the homicides" at each.
Police had obtained warrants for the Belands' financial records at the First Union bank on East Market Street and Kohl's Department Store on Edwards Ferry Road. Investigators indicated in documents filed with the court that no activity had occurred on those accounts and that they had stopped monitoring them Wednesday.
The FBI is assisting in the investigation, with one agent working full time on it, Moxley said. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and the fire marshal's office are also helping.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 703-771-4500 or Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-771-1919. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the Leesburg Crime Line at 703-443-TIPS (8477). The crime line and Crime Solvers pay cash for information leading to the arrest of a suspect responsible for a crime.