A Northumberland County misssing person case turned into a Lancaster County murder case when Jacob Monday confessed to killing David LaForge.
Northumberland Detective Todd Jones, who investigated the matter, said it began when LaForge’s roommate filed a missing person report with the county’s sheriff’s office August 24. LaForge had never come home after getting off work at the Burgess Buoy at midnight the night before, Jones said.
The sheriff’s office issued a “BOLO” (Be on the look out) for LaForge and Jones got a warrant to look at LaForge’s cell phone records. “The last ping was at an address in Lively,” Jones recalled.
Jones went to the address on Mary Ball Road and spoke with Monday who lived there. “He said nothing bad had happened,” Jones recalled, but “ I got a suspicion.”
On August 30, Jones, along with Lancaster Detective Steve Sorensen, questioned Monday for about two hours. Finally, Monday “confirmed killing LaForge” and agreed to show them where he had disposed of the body in Gloucester County.
LaForge had been shot to death with a small caliber weapon, Jones said. He and Sorensen, with Monday’s help, located LaForge’s car in Newport News where Monday had dumped it. It contained forensic evidence that Lancaster County is handling, Jones noted.
The case will be tried in Lancaster County because that is where the killing happened, but it will be handled by Northumberland County for the most part since it was largely developed by Northumberland officers. Northumberland Commonweath’s Attorney, Jane Wrightson will prosecute the case.
Monday is represented by Anna Lindemann of Fredericksburg and is incarcerated in the Lancaster County jail.
A preliminary hearing in the case is set for November 20 in the Lancaster County General District Court.