The warrants were obtained by Virginia authorities to search a camper owned by the suspect in the murders, Frederick Phillip “Freddie P.” Hammer, which is located in Cripple Creek, Va., on the north side of Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. Supporting evidence presented to obtain these warrants gives new insight into the crimes.
In a sworn statement before the court on Jan. 27, Sgt. Barry A. Harrington of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, described the scene that met investigators in Mouth of Wilson on Thursday. “Upon arrival I observed Frederick Hudler deceased in the driveway from an apparent gunshot wound,” Harrington stated. “In the garage adjacent to the residence we located John Miller deceased from multiple gunshot wounds. Inside the residence we located the owner Ronald Hudler deceased from a gunshot wound to the head.”
The eventual suspect in the murders, “Freddie P.” Hammer, was questioned that afternoon. “During the initial investigation, an associate of Ronald Hudler, Frederick Phillip Hammer, was interviewed at his residence in Ashe County North Carolina,” Harrington stated. “Mr. Hammer was not very cooperative at first. He stated that the Ashe County authorities had lied to him and he did not want to talk to anyone. We informed him that we were Virginia law enforcement officers and he agreed to speak with us.”
Hammer told authorities he was not near Charles Spencer Road