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2002 triple murder investigation heads to Grand Strand, Pee Dee

Mary Short (Source: FBI of Virginia) Mary Short (Source: FBI of Virginia)
Michael Short Michael Short
Jennifer Short Jennifer Short

SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF) - Investigators with a Virginia homicide task force are expected to conduct a series of interviews in several towns across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee to help uncover new clues in a 2002 triple murder case.

The questioning, according to a prepared statement, will surround the deaths of Michael and Mary Short, whose bodies were found on Aug. 15, 2002 inside of their Bassett, VA home.

Michael Short was discovered by police on a couch inside of an attached garage to the couple's home with a gunshot wound to the head. His wife, Mary, was found in her bed with a gunshot wound to the head, as well.

Investigators launched a missing person's search for the couple's 9-year-old daughter, Jennifer, after she was discovered missing. The child's remains, according to the FBI, were found on Sept. 25, 2002, along a stream bed off of Grogan Road in Stoneville, NC. Her death was caused by a gunshot wound to the head.

Prior to the death of the three-member family, Michael and Mary Short operated a business moving mobile homes. At the time of their deaths, the family was considering a move to South Carolina.

Investigators said as part of the preparation process for the potential move, Michael Short made trips to areas surrounding Bennettsville, Florence, Conway and Myrtle Beach to find a job.

Interviews in connection to the 2002 murders will be taking place by investigators from the Jennifer Renee Short Homicide/Abduction Task Force from May 17-20. The task force will be targeting Bennettsville, Florence, Conway and Myrtle Beach to gather information leading to a break in the case.

Anyone with information pertaining to the triple murder is asked to call the Horry County Police Department Tip Line at (843) 915-TIPS.

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