Rachel Good Case Upgraded to Homicide

By: Damon Dillman
By: Damon Dillman

Investigators no longer consider Rachel Good a missing person. Now, they're calling her a homicide victim.

"We're making this announcement today because we owe it to the family, to be honest and clear in this case, as they have known and we have discussed that Rachel is gone," Rockingham County Commonwealth's Attorney Marsha Garst said Friday.

"We have to move on and seek justice for her."

Garst and Virginia State Police Special Investigator Joe Ritchie held a news conference Friday morning on the steps of the Rockingham County Circuit Courthouse.

Garst opened the news conference by announcing that the case had been upgraded from missing persons to homicide.

The 20-year-old Good disappeared from the Elkton area last October. The investigation has led police as far away as Florida, Garst said Friday.

"After interviewing hundreds of persons of interest, this investigation has yielded one primary suspect for murder," she revealed.

Garst, who was joined by Virginia State Police Special Investigator Joe Ritchie, wouldn't name that suspect, but she did refer to a "he" several times.

"At this point, we are very aware, as is the suspect, of his whereabouts, and I feel confident anywhere he goes in the world, we'll secure him, if he should be so unwise as to flee," she said.

Garst says no body has been found, but she says that doesn't take away from the fact that all evidence points toward foul play.

No charges have been filed, but Garst and Ritchie hope they're forthcoming.

"We're confident that we have a very strong suspect in this case," Garst said. "But we will not bring charges until I can prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt."

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