Authorities Seek Help in 2005 Murder Case Gone Cold

December 21, 2010

The Culpeper County Commonwealth's Attorney and Sheriff's Offices are again seeking the assistance of the public with their investigation into the murder of Sheryl Warner, of the Reva area of Culpeper County.

Both departments continue to pursue new leads and re-examine existing evidence and information in light of advances in forensic technology and investigative techniques.

On Sunday evening, Dec. 18, 2005, around 6:30 p.m., 37-year old Sheryl Warner was alone in her home located at 8445 James Monroe Highway in Culpeper County, about three miles before the Madison County line. She was on the telephone with her father, John Embrey, when the call was interrupted when a male knocked on her front door, reported that his car had broken down, and asked to use her phone to call for assistance. His conversation suggested he was not alone. Warner hung up the phone and was never heard from again.

Alerted by Warner's family, responding fire and law enforcement
personnel discovered her home set on fire and her bound, hanging and lifeless body in the basement. The cause of her death was a gunshot to her head.

Warner's three children - aged 13, 8 and 10 - lost their mother that night, a week before Christmas.

Some eyewitnesses have reported a suspicious vehicle in the vicinity of Warner's home that night. It may be the case that someone encountered the killer around the time of the crime and thought his behavior odd or frightening. Someone may have heard what was considered an unusual conversation about the murder.

Authorities are asking anyone with any information about the events of that night, even if you think it has already been reported, to contact 540-727-7523 or 540-727-3441. There is a reward for information leading to the arrest of Sheryl Warner's killer.

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