Agencies not revealing details after bodies recovered
Law enforcement, government agencies, and a commonwealth attorney’s office on Friday were mum Friday on details about the recovery of the bodies of a Harrisonburg woman and her granddaughter in Shenandoah County.
Officials were not answering requests to elaborate on where the bodies were found, if they were found in different areas, or what roles assisting agencies, such as the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office and Mount Jackson Police had in the investigation and recovery efforts.
“Thank you for your inquiries. I cannot make additional commentary,” wrote Marsha L. Garst, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Rockingham County and Harrisonburg.
Garst and her office issued a press release Thursday evening that the bodies of Elizabeth Rodriguez Rubio, 48, and Angie Rodriguez Rubio, 12, had been found in Shenandoah County and the Shenandoah National Park. No further details were given.
For about a month, more than 15 agencies, organizations and offices have been assisting in the investigation and attempt to locate the two females. Garst and her office, after talking to the Rodriguez Rubio family, entered into a plea agreement with Hareton Jaime Rodriguez Sariol, 48, of Harrisonburg. He agreed to plead guilty to two counts of murder in exchange for leading investigators to the bodies, according to the release. The two were last seen Sunday, Aug. 5 in Harrisonburg.
Sariol was seen, according to press releases in the last month from the Harrisonburg Police Department, driving a 2000 Volvo tractor-trailer several times on Aug. 6 and Aug. 7, including on Interstate 81. His red two-door Honda Civic was found about 3 a.m. burning on I-66 in Warren County, according to previous media accounts. He was arrested Aug. 7 in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.
Sariol is scheduled to appear before a Rockingham County grand jury on Sept. 17.
The Harrisonburg Police Department was the lead agency in the investigation.
Harrisonburg Police Chief Steve Sellers did not return phone messages left with him or emails to his administrators. Harrisonburg’s public information officer, Mary Hope-Vass, sent an email stating no further information was available.
Rockingham Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson, whose department assisted, referred questions to Harrisonburg police.
Dee Rybiski, a spokesperson for the FBI Richmond office, also referred all questions to Harrisonburg.
Shenandoah County Sheriff Tim Carter, whose department assisted in the case, referred questions to Harrisonburg police or the commonwealth’s attorney.
Staff at the Mount Jackson Police Department, who also assisted, said Police Chief Jeff Sterner was out of the area and would not be available until Monday.