Clues few in killings on Mississippi 27

Published 11:30 am Thursday, April 5, 2012

UTICA — Few clues have surfaced in the shooting deaths of a couple on Mississippi 27 about five miles south of the Warren County line.

Barbara Doiron Raines, 50, and Robert “Bob” Varnum, 57, were found about 1 p.m. Tuesday at 4812 Mississippi 27, said Hinds County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Joseph Daughtry.

“We are encouraging people who saw anything, no matter how small it is, to call us,” Daughtry said.

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Raines and Varnum were found by a civilian process server who saw a car in the driveway but was unable to get an answer at the door, Daughtry said. The process server looked into the living room window, saw feet on the floor and called 911, Daughtry said.

Utica Volunteer Fire Department Chief Sammy White, who also is a deputy coroner, found Raines and Varnum shot to death in the home, Daughtry said. Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart said Raines was shot in the face and Varnum was shot in the neck.

The couple apparently had been dead for several days before they were discovered, said Raines’ father, Warren Doiron of Vicksburg.

Doiron said he did not know why anyone would attack his daughter.

“They were murdered, but we don’t know any details,” Doiron said.

On Wednesday, the house where the killings occurred sat silent, but lights in several rooms were still on. Men’s jeans and several bath towels hung on a clothesline in the backyard of the brown wood and brick ranch-style house. Clothes could be seen through a window placed on a neatly made bed.

UPS packages addressed to Varnum were stacked on the front porch. The apparent crime scene first spotted by the process server was visible through a break in the living room blinds. Items there were tossed on the floor while every floor of the home visible though windows appeared spotless.

The house is tucked away in the woods off a long driveway connecting to Mississippi 27. Neighbors who share the driveway did not answer the door Wednesday afternoon. Other neighbors said they didn’t know how long the couple lived at the home.

Varnum was a machinist at LeTourneau Technologies and had missed work for several days. His Facebook page lists that he had three children and at least one grandchild. Raines had two children and one grandchild, family members said.

The Doiron family said a memorial service for Raines will be Friday at Glenwood Funeral Home.

Funeral arrangements for Varnum had not been announced this morning.

Anyone with information in the case may call the sheriff’s department at 601-974-2900 or Central Mississippi Crime Stoppers at 888-827-4637.