May 11, 2009
The Nelson County Sheriff's Office has arrested two people for the murder of Opal Page. Christopher Meeks, 18, of Shipman was arrested in Amherst County. Austin Griffin, 20, of Afton was arrested close to his home. They are charged with first degree murder, larceny, grand larceny, and burglary.
Page's body was found by friends last Wednesday after she missed a lunch. Her car was missing and found Thursday afternoon in Waynesboro. On Friday, police said they were looking for two men who were seen near Page's home at the time of the murder. Sheriff David Brooks said the men arrested matched the description of the two they were looking for.
The sheriff is crediting tips and persistence for the arrests. Their first tip came from a woman who gave a description of the two suspects when she saw them the morning of the crime. Opal Page was a retired teacher's aide. However, she still helped out at Rockfish River Elementary. The sheriff's office is not ruling out that Page may have had Griffin in school at one point.
"I'm positive that it's these two subjects that we have in custody," said Sheriff David Brooks. "People don't need to be worried there's another person out there. We have them both in custody."
Both Meeks and Griffin were arrested without incident.
Meeks and Griffin are currently being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. They are being charged with first degree murder, grand larceny, petit larceny and burglary. They will make their first court appearance in Nelson County on Wednesday.