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Details emerge in Hillsville murder case

HILLSVILLE, Va. — Although many details have yet to be released following the Dec. 22 murder of a Hillsville, Virginia, woman, search warrants and court records list the cause of death as strangulation.

Cassandra Lauren Bolen, 30, was pronounced dead by Carroll County Fire and Rescue upon arrival on Dec. 22 after the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an unresponsive person at 100 Holloway Drive in Hillsville.

Former Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, who retired from the post on Dec. 31, said at the time the sheriff’s office contacted the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and during the course of the investigation, the cause of Bolen’s death was ruled as a homicide.

Gardner said investigators obtained probable cause and warrants were issued for murder and felony child neglect on Christmas Eve. On Dec. 26, members of the Sheriff’s Office arrested Marcus Anthony Bolen, 36, of Hillsville, on those charges.

The murder investigation continues under new Sheriff Kevin Kemp, who took over the position on Jan. 1. A search warrant filed by Investigator W.J. Worrell, dated Dec. 24 for 100 Holloway Drive, was issued for “trace evidence photographs of the residence to include interior photos of all rooms, cellular telephone belonging to the victim, any digital video recording storage that may be present.” The warrant later states no items were seized.

Also included in court records is a search warrant for Marcus Anthony Bolen’s iPhone, black in color with an Oakland Raiders’ emblem on the back, for notes, letters, calendars, text messages, email, video, spreadsheets, images, audio, flash media memory and “any other data, whether intact or deleted, pertaining to murder as defined within the Code of Virginia.”

Marcus Bolen’s arrest warrant for felony child neglect states the charge is for “while being a parent, guardian or a person responsible for the care of a child under 18 years of age, commit a willful act or omission in the care of such child so gross and wanton as to show a reckless disregard for human life.” Investigators have stated they believe one of Lauren Bolen’s three children was left at the home with her around the time of her death, resulting in the felony child neglect charge.

Chief Deputy Donnie Spangler said Marcus Bolen continues to be held at the Patrick County Jail in Stuart, Virginia, a departure from the typical procedure of housing local inmates at the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin, Virginia, or at the River North Correctional Center in Independence, Virginia.

Spangler explained that the victim used to be employed as a correctional officer for more than five years at River North Correctional Center, and that her father is employed as a corrections officer at New River Valley Regional Jail.

Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN

Stangulation listed as cause of death in death

By Allen Worrell



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