Discovery of bodies leaves remorse

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 1, 2003

Last week's discovery of the bodies of two Troy residents missing since June 6 has left heartache and remorse in its wake.

"I know it shocked the community, and I want to send all my prayers to the community," said Angela Conner, the daughter of Sheila Joyce Chancellor.

Chancellor had last spoken to her other daughter Tracy Conner on June 6.

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Chancellor and her husband Gil were reported missing by family members on June 8, and Troy police began a search that eventually involved the Alabama Bureau of Investigations and the National Crime Information Center.

Their bodies were discovered June 23 in their van near Smart Road in Pike County.

Angela Conner said her mother and stepfather died as a result of a double suicide, although the exact cause of death will be determined by the Alabama Dept. of Forensic Sciences.

"She was a good person and we'll miss her and love her forever,"

Conner said.

"I just didn't want to hurt the community with this. It's a terrible, terrible thing," she said.

"I know my mom's not in pain any more," she said.

Chancellor had several health problems and was being treated for diabetes, high blood pressure and a heart condition.

"Troy was such a good place where I could feel protected," said Conner, who lived in Troy between 1993 and 1998. "It's a great town and has a beautiful college

I wanted to tell the community I was sorry for what happened."