CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Two homeowners walked in on a man breaking into their home on Saturday in Caroline County. The perpetrator shot and killed the female homeowner before stealing their vehicle and escaping.

The Caroline County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 29000 block of Sparta Road at 5 p.m. Officers found that when the male homeowner went inside of the house to check on things the killer exited and that is when the shooting and vehicle theft took place.

The victim was found dead at the scene. She was 47 years old. The Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as Carla Marie Trost on Sunday night.

At the time of the crime, the homeowner also witnessed a brown or bronze Subaru Forrester or a small SUV driven by a white male wearing an orange hunting hat. Officers are searching for both, they are considered to be armed and dangerous.

Photos of the suspect provided by Caroline County Sheriff;s

The Caroline County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to call Investigator Garthaffner at (804) 633-5400 or by email at If you wish to remain anonymous please call the tip-line at (804) 633-1133 or the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

The CCSO gave their condolences to Trost’s family in a Facebook post. The post states, “Please know that your CCSO patrol deputies, supervisors, investigators and the administrative staff has been working around the clock to apprehend the individuals responsible and  bring them to justice.”

Caroline County Sheriff Lippa goes on to thank the community for the sending them tips and sharing information across social media.

“We will not rest until this murder is solved,” Lippa said.