Atlantic Woman’s Death Caused by Shooting, Suspect Could Be Hiding in Accomack County

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Lesa Renee White

Staff Report —

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore conducted an autopsy and ruled the death of Lesa Renee White, of Atlantic, a homicide and the cause of death a shooting.

William Edward Strand

Investigators are looking for William Edward Strand, 52, of Pocomoke City, Md., who has a warrant out for his arrest in a separate attempted murder case and is a suspect in this homicide investigation. He was last seen driving a 2014 Chevy Malibu with Maryland tag No. 5DP3127. Strand had been identified previously as a “person of interest.”

Investigators believe Strand may still be in Pocomoke City,  or in eastern Virginia, possibly in Accomack County. In addition, investigators warn Strand could be hiding in nearby woods, sheds, barns, chicken coops, and other out buildings.

White, 48, was reported missing Jan. 4 and was found two days later in Pocomoke City, Md., according to Maryland State Police, who are investigating her death.

She had last been seen earlier that day in her in Pocomoke City wearing her Wicomico County corrections officer uniform. Family members reported her missing that same day.

White’s body was found Wednesday night, Jan. 6, in a residence in the 1400 block of Snow Hill Lane in Pocomoke City, Md.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Maryland State Police at 202-510-2847.