Dentist’s murder still haunts Christiansburg PD
Sketch courtesy of CPD

A police sketch from 1981 shows a man who is suspected of attacking, robbing and killing of a Christiansburg dentist.


Sketch courtesy of CPD
A police sketch from 1981 shows a man who is suspected of attacking, robbing and killing of a Christiansburg dentist.

Marty Gordon

One of the area’s oldest cold-case murders has been pushed to the back of a file cabinet at the Christiansburg Police Department, but that doesn’t mean it has been forgotten. Evidence has been reviewed several times over the past 30 years.

Investigators recently threw open files on the murder of Dr. D.B. Jurisson. Documents covered an entire table in the conference room of the CPD. Boxes were stacked on the floor and investigators’ notes lined the chairs nearby. The police had assembled countless interviews, but there was no concrete information.

Around 7:45 on the evening of February 2, 1981, police say Jurisson was walking along Main Street when he was attacked by an unknown assailant and/or assailants. The incident occurred along a route he typically took every night after leaving his dentistry practice, sometimes stopping at the Kroger grocery store, located where…



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