Virginia State Police Investigating Deaths of Emeri A. Connery of Coolville and Officer Bailey S. Smith of Duffield

Female Emeri A. Connery, age 26 of Coolville, involved in a crash on Route 23 in Lee County this past Sunday according to the Virginia State Police. Cousin and Big Stone Gap Police Officer Bailey S. Smith, age 21 of Duffield, also perished at the scene according to Trooper D.G. Giles. Both Connery and Smith had suffered gunshot wounds, and both bodies have been transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke for autopsy.
The Virginia State Police are currently investigating the crash and the deaths at this time and ask that anyone with any information regarding this incident to contact the VSP Wytheville Division at 276-228-3131 or by email at

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