VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A criminal investigation is underway after a married couple was found dead following a crash Wednesday morning on Interstate 264 in Virginia Beach.
A source close to the investigation tells 10 On Your Side’s Andy Fox that the case is being investigated as a murder-suicide.
The Medical Examiner’s office says the victims have been identified as 57-year-old William Davis and his 50-year-old wife Belinda.
William’s cause of death is said to be a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Medical Examiner’s office. Belinda’s cause of death has yet to be determined.
Virginia State Police could not confirm there was a murder-suicide, citing an ongoing investigation, but did say two people were found dead inside a vehicle. Spokeswoman Corinne Geller confirmed the couple died prior to the crash and that a gun was recovered from the vehicle.
The single-vehicle crash happened just before 10 a.m. on the westbound side of I-264, west of First Colonial Road.
“I was shocked. I couldn’t believe it,” says Tanya Lane, who lives across the street from a home on Paiute Road off Princess Anne Road.
That home caught fire Wednesday morning. Two and a half hours later, on I-264 just west of First Colonial Road, the couple that lives in that home was found dead in the man’s company truck in an apparent murder-suicide.
Lane says she can’t understand why it happened. “Oh, yes. What happened? I am heartbroken that she was always there to help me that I couldn’t help her.”
That friendship lasted about a year and a half, and Lane never was led to believe anything was wrong at 5704 Paiute Road.
“If I ever needed help around the house, she would help me, or cut my grass, or anything like that. Being a single mom she has always helped me. She didn’t have kids of her own, so she would say her dogs were her kids and they were her life.”
A well-placed source in the investigation says when Virginia State Police got to the 264 scene they found the couple dead. It appeared the passenger shot the driver, who then crashed into a Jersey wall.
“You hear all this, and what do I think, you would never know any of this was going on because like I said, she was helping everybody else and never asked for help for herself.”
Two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane were closed due to the investigation for several hours. All lanes reopened around 2:40 p.m.
Firefighters returned to the scene on Thursday to debrief on what happened Wednesday.
10 On Your Side was told an accelerant sniffing K9 was alerted to two items that could explain what led to the fire. They have been sent to the lab, and the cause of fire remains under investigation.
“They would walk their dogs at night,” Lane added. “They were always out walking them. That’s how I met him them when they were out walking their dogs. I didn’t’ know much about him, just her. I knew her because she would come over, asked me if I needed help with anything. I’d help her or she would help me. She was always there.”
Now, Lane and the other neighbors are left to wonder, “what was going on?”
This is a developing story. Stay with WAVY.com for updates.