Top 3 Headlines on WHSV.com September 4

These are the most viewed headlines on WHSV.com for September 4th. Stories with available video will have a link in the headline.

Previously Missing Churchville Woman Located

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. -- According to the Augusta County Sheriff's Office, a previously listed missing woman has been located.

In a press release, the Sheriff's Office explained that Wanda Bodkin contacted a family member late Tuesday evening to say that she is okay.

At this time, Bodkin has been removed from the missing person databases.

She was first reported missing Monday morning.

 

Ohio Man Who Held Three Women Captive Found Dead

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio corrections officials say Ariel Castro who held three women captive in his home for nearly a decade has committed suicide at a state prison facility.

Spokeswoman JoEllen Smith says 53-year-old Castro was found hanging in his cell around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient. Prison medical staff performed CPR before Castro was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The three women disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004, when they were 14, 16 and 20 years old. They escaped May 6, when one of the women broke part of a door and yelled to neighbors for help. Castro was arrested that evening.

Castro was sentenced Sept. 1 to life in prison plus 1,000 years on his guilty plea to 937 counts including kidnapping and rape.

 

Shenandoah Family's Home Burns Down

Reporter: Charles House

HARRISONBURG - Six people are homeless after their house burned down. Good neighbors are helping them get back on their feet.

The home on Third Street in the Town of Shenandoah was declared a total loss. The fire chief said it started just before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The family who lived there believes it started in the kitchen. The Red Cross is helping the family with food, clothing and a place to stay through Friday.

Megan Morris, who lived in the house, was thankful for the help they were finding, she said "I just want to thank the red cross and everybody that's come by today and donated clothes, I really appreciate it."

Crews are still investigating the cause of the fire.

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