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Police chief: Elderly couple's death 'very personal'
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Police chief: Elderly couple's death 'very personal'

ROME, Ga. -- It's been 10 days since someone broke through the screen door of a rural home in Rome and shot an elderly couple to death.

On Monday, Floyd County Police Chief Bill Shiflett spoke one-on-one to 11Alive News about the double homicide investigation case that's produced few answers.

Shiflett says the victims are close family friends. In fact, Shiflett says one of them is the sister of his best friend.

"It's really sad to go to a scene like that, knowing the victim," Shiflett said.

He was one of the first at the crime scene along Terhune Road on Jan. 23. A neighbor noticed the screen door was broken. When the neighbor checked inside he found 69-year-old James Reeves and 71-year-old Myra Reeves shot to death. That's when he called 911.

"I know there's always a lot of rumors that might float about victims in certain times like this. I can tell you that the family was a great family. Both of these people were retired and just great people," Shiflett said.

He says Myra was a former nurse.

The GBI has partnered with local police on the case. They're interviewing those who knew the couple, under the belief that their death was not random violence.

Shiflett calls this "very personal to me." Although it's been 10 days with no arrests or suspects taken in to custody, Shiflett says it's not an unusual delay for a homicide in a rural area. Extra patrols have been ordered for the neighborhood. An alert went out, asking residents to report suspicious vehicles. The department is working around the clock on the case.

"Right now we're just doing everything we can to try to put the pieces of the puzzle together," Shiflett said.

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