Shelly Dawn Vessell Gravely
Anthony "Skeet" Joyce
Missing woman's body found
Man jailed in connection with case
The body of Shelly Vessel Gravely, the 34-year-old mother of two, was found early Saturday morning in a Henry County ravine, according to Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith.
Gravely, who lived on South Mayo Drive near Stuart with her son and daughter, was last heard from shortly after 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, Smith said.
Smith said Gravely's children were staying with other relatives and were not at home when their mother disappeared.
When officers responded to Gravely's home on Saturday, in response to concerns from friends and family, they found a small amount of blood in the residence, Smith said.
Officers found the passenger door of Gravely's car and the back door of her mobile home open, Smith said.
Henry and Patrick County deputies found Gravely's body on George Taylor Road, near the concrete base of the Crooked Creek Bridge, just north of the North Carolina state line, at approximately 12:34 a.m. Saturday.
A Patrick Springs man has been arrested in connection with Gravely's disappearance, Smith said.
Anthony Octavius "Skeet" Joyce, 35, was arrested Friday night shortly before midnight in Greensboro, N.C. He is being held in the Guilford County, N.C. Jail as a fugitive from justice on $1 million bond.
Warrants for abduction and robbery have been obtained by Patrick authorities, and Smith said a murder charge is forthcoming.
The robbery charge stems from an item that allegedly was taken from Gravely's home, Smith said, declining to identify the item.
Investigators spent most of the evening on Friday interviewing Joyce in Greensboro. Warrants were obtained as a result of that interview, Smith said.
"We will be working with North Carolina authorities to extradite Joyce back to Virginia as soon as possible," the sheriff said.
Joyce and Gravely had been involved in a relationship for approximately five years, Smith said.
Major Garry Brown, lead investigator in the case, was at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Roanoke Monday, attending the autopsy of Gravely's body.
Smith said his office is awaiting the results of the autopsy, which are expected later this week.
Multiple agencies have been working closely to find Gravely since she was discovered missing from her home a week earlier.
More than 400 miles of roadsides have been checked in four counties throughout the week, with the search concentrating in eastern Patrick County.
The following agencies assisted the sheriff's office in the investigation and search: the Virginia State Police, the Henry County Sheriff's Office, Patrick County Commonwealth's Attorney Stephanie Vipperman, the United States Marshal Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, the Martinsville Police Department, the Martinsville City Sheriff's Office, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control, the New River Criminal Justice Training Academy, the Rockingham County (N.C.) Sheriff's Office, the Stokes County (N.C.) Sheriff's Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the Greensboro Police Department.