Man arrested for murder after woman found dead in Rockbridge County

Leland Johnson mugshot
Leland Johnson mugshot(Rockbridge County Jail)
Published: Mar. 23, 2023 at 10:30 AM EDT
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ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - A Lexington man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a woman whose body was found Wednesday.

Virginia State Police say the remains of Stormie Markland, 38 of Rockbridge, were discovered March 22, 2023, along Hopper Creek Road in Rockbridge County. The body was lying over a hillside off the road.

Markland had been reported missing/endangered March 20, 2023, by family members, according to state police. The investigation determined Markland had died under violent circumstances. The remains have been sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Western District to determine the cause of death.

VSP Special Agents identified Leland David Johnson, 44, as a possible suspect. He was located at a family member’s home and questioned by state police, who then consulted with the Rockbridge County Commonwealth’s Attorney and arrested him. He is in the Rockbridge County Jail without bond.