The suspect wanted in the death of a Shenandoah County woman turned himself in to West Virginia state police on Friday.
Larry Johnson Little Jr. went to the state police barracks in Lewisburg, West Virginia, shortly before noon, Shenandoah County Sheriff Timothy C. Carter said by phone on Friday afternoon. Police took Little, 44, into custody without incident, Carter said.
The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office identified Little as a suspect in the death of Melanie Rose Little, 42, of 424 Deloris Road, Basye. The Sheriff’s Office confirmed the identity of the victim and released her name on Thursday night.
Larry Little Jr. now remains in the custody of the West Virginia State Police. The Sheriff’s Office holds a warrant for his arrest on a charge of second-degree murder.
Larry Little Jr. will face an extradition hearing in a West Virginia court in the next few days, Carter explained. If a judge orders Larry Little Jr.'s extradition, the suspect will be transported to Shenandoah County to face his charge.
Melanie Little likely died from multiple gunshot wounds, Carter said Friday. The sheriff cited the results of a preliminary autopsy conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner this week. Carter pointed out that the results are preliminary and he would not disclose the locations of the bullet wounds.
The Sheriff’s Office received a call on Tuesday evening from a relative of the suspect asking authorities to check on his welfare. Deputies arrived at the Basye residence shortly before 7 p.m. and found Melanie Little deceased, according to information provided by the Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office has not disclosed when she died.
“We think we know that but we have not put that out yet,” Carter said.
Authorities searched the Deloris Road residence as part of the investigation but Carter said they are not releasing more details about the search. He said the Sheriff’s Office has reason to believe that Larry Little Jr. also lived at 424 Deloris Road.
County authorities first identified Larry Little Jr. as a person of interest in the case before the Sheriff’s Office obtained a warrant for his arrest on a second-degree murder charge. At that point, the Sheriff’s Office identified Larry Little Jr. as the suspect.
Carter said he did not know what connection if any the suspect has to Lewisburg, West Virginia, or the surrounding area.
The investigation remains ongoing, Carter said.