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Man Allegedly Stabbed Parents To Death, Carved 'X' Into Dad's Back

Jonathan Moore is accused of stabbing his parents Adam Moore and Melissa Moore to death in their master bedroom and then fleeing in his father's pickup truck.

By Gina Tron
A police handout of Jonathan Thomas Moore

A Virginia man has been charged with murder for the gruesome stabbing slaying of his parents.

Adam Moore, 51, Melissa Moore, 49, and their 24-year-old son Jonathan Thomas Moore were reported missing by other family members last Wednesday after not being heard from for two days, the Mathews County Sheriff’s Office stated in a press release.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the family home in New Point — on a coastal peninsula north of Norfolk — for a welfare check and noticed that Adam Moore's 2015 Ford Lariat F150 pickup truck was missing. They then entered the family's home where they discovered the bodies of Melissa and Adam Moore in the master bedroom. Both had “suffered multiple lacerations,” according to the sheriff’s department.

Court documents obtained by Norfolk ABC affiliate WVEC allege that an “X” was carved into Adam’s back. The documents also state that someone had smeared the letters “JT” and “M” with blood on the wall outside of the master bedroom where the bodies were discovered.

Jonathan Moore was nowhere to be found.

Investigators believed he'd allegedly fled the area in his father’s pickup, and warrants were issued for his arrest. Both he and the vehicle were located on Thursday in Lynchburg, about 200 miles away from the family home, and he was arrested without incident. Jonathan Moore is currently being housed in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail without bond.

He has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of using a knife in the commission of a felony.

It’s not clear if he has a lawyer. A possible motive has not been disclosed and the sheriff’s department has not immediately responded to Oxygen.com’s request for comment. 

The family's neighbor, Tom Mansfield, told WVEC,"You don’t know what makes something like that happen, but it is a tragedy for the whole family, for the extended family.”

He described the neighborhood as “quiet.”