Family of murdered Strasburg couple releases statement

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STRASBURG, Ohio – The family of an elderly couple found murdered inside their burned-out car has released a statement thanking everyone for their support.

Doyle Chumney, 88, and his wife Lillian Chumney, 79, were reported missing Wednesday and their house was found ransacked.

A member of the family released this statement to FOX 8:

“The Chumney family would like to extend our sincere thanks and deepest appreciation to everyone for their prayers and encouragement as we go through this very difficult time. The many ways in which you have reached out to our family has been heartwarming and comforting. We are especially grateful for the many prayers that we know surround our entire family.

We encourage anyone with information regarding the ongoing investigation to please contact your local law enforcement agency.

We also want to extend our gratitude to the many local, county, state and federal law enforcement personnel for their continued tireless efforts. We also appreciate the efforts of the news media in respecting our privacy.

We would be most grateful if your family would continue to keep our family in your thoughts and prayers.”

More than 100 friends, family, and complete strangers gathered near the couple’s home Friday night for a vigil. Those who attended collected money for a reward to try and find those responsible.

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