Sophia Barnes

2 Women, Dog Found Dead in Icy Pond in Warren County

Police say the investigation is ongoing but nothing is pointing to a crime

Two women and a dog who went missing in Warren County on Monday were found dead in an icy pond.

Nancy Borders Forest, 74, and Jane Angela Whitney, 69, were found just after midnight Tuesday.

Forest left her home in Front Royal, Virginia, with one dog on her way to pick up another dog from the groomers, police say. They never arrived.

Her spouse reported Forest missing about 7:25 p.m., prompting police to contact local hospitals and vets. None had made contact with the missing woman.

During the investigation, Forest's car was found in Warren County outside Whitney's home — but neither was inside. Police searched the neighborhood before heading onto the trails.

Shortly after midnight, Whitney, Forest and her dog were found in a partially ice-covered pond, police say. The women's bodies were taken to the medical examiner's office for autopsies.

Police said Thursday afternoon that the investigation is ongoing but that nothing is pointing to a crime or anything criminal in nature.

Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities.

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