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Police Say No Foul Play in Death of Molly Miller

Charlottesville Police do not suspect foul play in  the death of 31-year-old Molly Miller. The Charlottesville resident disappeared last weekend, prompting an extensive search.  

Molly Miller lived with her fiancée, who said they were making dinner when Miller decided to take a short walk. Anson Parker told police she had not taken her phone, her purse or her coat.  Friends went door-to-door in her modest neighborhood between the University of Virginia and downtown Charlottesville looking for her.  Bloodhounds were used, but in the end Miller was found dead in her home.  Amateur detectives were puzzled, but local journalist Jackson Landers, who knew the couple, says they were big on home improvements, and the place was cluttered.

“They would just squirrel away all kinds of construction materials," Landers explains. "They would have heaps of lumber.  Anson would pick up metal scrap that he would make furniture out of, and their house was full of this stuff.  I wouldn’t say they were horders exactly, but it was a house that someone as small as Molly could get lost in.”

Police have refused to give any details, but Landers says Molly suffered from terminal cancer, and her death was likely a suicide.

“I don’t want to give the gory details, but the circumstances under which she was found indicate that it was suicide.  Neither Charlottesville police nor Molly’s family seem to have any suspicion of Anson or of anyone else.”

In a post on Facebook, Miller’s parents – Marian and Dano McConnell of Roanoke, expressed support for Anson Parker, saying Molly was the love of his life.  

Sandy Hausman is Radio IQ's Charlottesville Bureau Chief