Culpeper County's First Homicide For 2005

By: Summer Knowles
By: Summer Knowles

December 20, 2005

Culpeper County police have released more information regarding the mysterious death of a woman on Sunday night.

Due to evidence at the crime scene, officials are investigating the death as a homicide. It is what police are calling a somewhat mysterious situation.

She was a very sweet person," said Elliot DeJarnette, former boss of the victim. "She was very giving of herself, and was one who wouldn't ever hurt a person, she was always trying to help others."

That's how friends describe 37-year-old Cheryl A. Warner, who police found dead inside her home Sunday evening.

"From the beginning this incident was suspicious," said Culpeper County Sheriff H. Lee Hart. "It still is suspicious."

Officials went by the victim's home after receiving a phone call from a concerned relative.

When they arrived, they found smoke coming from inside the house.

"The deputy sheriffs attempted to go inside the house to see if anyone was inside, the smoke was so heavy they had to retreat," said Sheriff Hart. "At that time fire and rescue officials came to the scene. In the process of trying to put the fire out, they found the remains of a deceased female."

Police believe foul play was involved and are investigating Warner's death as a homicide.

"At this time this is an isolated situation and we're looking at it and following every lead possible," said Hart.

Warner's former boss says the office was shocked to hear the news.

"I got a call and we really didn't know anything about what happened other than that there had been a fire at her house and that she had not made it," said DeJarnette.

Finding out foul play was involved made her death even more devastating.

For those who knew her well, the mother of three was a kindhearted person, one who will deeply be missed.

This is the first homicide in Culpeper County this year, and police are asking for your help.

If you have any information regarding Warner's death, police urge you to call Crimesolvers at (540) 727-0300.

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