Two prominent murder victims vex Alexandria police

Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook says his department has no reason to believe Dunning and Kirby\'s murders were related. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)

ALEXANDRIA — Two prominent citizens found dead — their deaths separated by a decade — but both are mysteries and remain under active investigation by Alexandria police.

Who killed Nancy Dunning on Dec. 5, 2003? Police remain baffled. The 56-year-old realtor and wife of then-Alexandria sheriff, James Dunning, was found dead in her home in the Del Ray neighborhood. She was believed to be killed in the middle of the day.

Fast forward 10 years later. Regional transportation planner, 69-year-old Ronald Kirby, was found dead in his home in the Rosemont area, about a mile from the Dunning home. He was believed to be killed in the middle of the day. Could the two cases be connected?

“My detectives have looked at that,” says Earl Cook, Alexandria police chief. “We have no reason today to think those two cases are connected

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