A residential burglary reported on April 17 led investigators to the grim discovery of an emaciated girl who was kept penned for months in a modified cage in a Gloucester single-wide trailer.

A homeowner in the Cappahosic area reported several bars of gold bullion, a vacuum cleaner, flashlights, a passport, $2,000 in cash and other items had been stolen from his home sometime during the previous three weeks, according to documents filed in Gloucester County Circuit Court.

The homeowner told Gloucester Sheriff's deputies he had not been at the home since March 23, according to court documents.

The gold bullion bars were traced to the Harris & Co. Auction House -- located in the former home of Carolina BBQ, where Shannon Gore worked before it closed down -- where the owner said he had purchased two gold bullion bars from Shannon Gore, according to court documents.

The owner of the Harris & Co. Auction House told investigator Jake Forehand that Shannon Gore was accompanied by her husband, Brian Gore, according to court documents.

A search warrant of the Gores' trailer in Waterview Mobile Home Park was obtained at 5:03 p.m. on Thursday, court records show. In the ensuing search of the Gores' residence, investigators came across the girl, who was kept penned up in a makeshift cage in a darkened bedroom, according to court documents.

Brian Gore told investigators the girl was born on Dec. 5, 2008, at home. The couple was married on Jan. 24, 2009, in a civil ceremony in Newport News, according to a copy of their marriage certificate filed in Gloucester County Circuit Court.

Brian Gore, 29, is a 2000 graduate of Gloucester High School. Shannon Nicole Gore graduated from Gloucester High School in 2003 as Shannon Nicole Smith.