UPDATE: Reward offered in Adams Co. homicide

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ADAMS COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -

UPDATE:

The Adams County Prosecutor's Office and Sheriff's Office are offering a $2,000 reward for information involving this double homicide.

Anyone with information on the deaths of Sam Freeland, Jr. or Regina King should call the Adams County Sheriff's Department at 937-544-2314.

PREVIOUSLY:

The Adams County Sheriffs Department says drugs are likely the reason someone shot a West Union couple to death in their home.

The couple was found Saturday afternoon in their home on Clock Road.

The victims have been identified as 28-year-old Regina King and 44-year-old Samuel Freeland Jr.

A co-worker called police when Freeland did not show up for work.

Officials say the victims were apparently shot.

A double homicide is big news in a small town like West Union. Now the Adams County Sheriffs Department is trying to find out who's responsible for the murders.

Tony Hamilton built his home on Hafer Road a few years ago when there wasn't another house in sight.

"I was the first one to build here. Now there's house after house. It was a pretty peaceful place until this popped up," said Hamilton.

Neighbors tell FOX19 the couple had only moved into the house on Clock road a few months ago, so they didn't know them well.

But they said they did notice many cars would drive back the gravel road to the house.

And in an area where acres of undeveloped land separate homes, that was unusual.

"It very quiet here. A lot of people have summer resorts here. You'll only see 3-4 cars a day go down this road," said Richard Heater, a West Union resident.

News of the murders surprised many residents, and they'll be taking more precautions for their own safety.

"Kind of worrying," said Hamilton. "It will take a little while to get over, that's for sure."

The Adams County Sheriffs Elect wouldn't go on camera because technically he hasn't taken office yet.

FOX19.com will update this story as more information becomes available.