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    VA - Sheryl Warner, 37, Culpepper, 18 Dec 2005

    Sheriff calls death suspicious

    Foul play is suspected in the death of a 37-year-old woman whose body was found in her basement Sunday night, Culpeper County Sheriff Lee Hart said yesterday.

    "We are looking at this as a homicide at this time," Hart said at a news conference.

    Hart, who provided few details regarding the case, did say that his office "had some leads."
    http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2...2212005/154626

    Death deemed a homicide

    A suspicious house fire in Reva Sunday night has been classified a homicide by the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office.

    Sheriff H. Lee Hart confirmed Tuesday that investigators believe Sheryl Ann Warner, 37, was killed by foul play.

    “It looks suspicious from pretty much the beginning,” said Hart, who would not give details on how Warner died. However, rescuers have reported that Warner was found in her basement at 8445 James Monroe Highway, hanged with an electrical cord.
    “At this time,” Hart said, “everything leads toward it’s a homicide investigation.”
    http://www.starexponent.com/servlet/...=1128768846313

    Force remains tight-lipped in investigation

    As its investigation into a bizarre homicide case continues, the Culpeper County Sheriff's Office remains tight-lipped while it gathers information.

    Since Sunday's suspicious house fire in Reva, a 15-member joint task force of the Sheriff's Office and the Virginia State Police has met daily to discuss leads and share information. Sheriff H. Lee Hart said Commonwealth's Attorney Gary Close is also included in the meetings.
    http://www.starexponent.com/servlet/...=1128768869812

    Information still scarce in investigation

    Investigators released little information Thursday regarding the suspicious death of Sherri Warner, a 37-year-old mother of three found dead Sunday night in the basement of her Reva home.
    "We are conducting interviews," said Culpeper County Sheriff H. Lee Hart, "and we have had a number of people calling in pertaining to this investigation. ? We are working through the holiday."
    http://www.starexponent.com/servlet/...=1128768889698
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

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    Investigators now looking for gun in homicide

    The homicide case involving a 37-year-old Reva woman has taken another bizarre turn.

    According to search warrants filed Thursday in Culpeper County Circuit Court, an autopsy report reveals Sherri Warner, who died Sunday night in a suspicious house fire, had “a small caliber bullet wound to the left side of the head.”

    However, those documents do not list a gun among the 15 items seized from Warner’s home at 8445 James Monroe Highway.

    When firefighters discovered Warner’s body sometime after 8 p.m. Sunday, she was hanging from an electrical cord in her basement. A large fire burning nearby was doused before it caused major damage to the body, and the modest two-story house remained intact.

    According to the affidavits, “the scene originally indicated that Warner may have committed suicide, however, after a preliminary autopsy was completed, a single gunshot to the head was uncovered, indicating that Warner was potentially shot or shot herself prior to being hung and then burned.”

    “The Medical Examiner,” the affidavit continued, “indicated no soot in the lungs, which supports this theorem.”

    With that information in hand, investigators sought in the second affidavit permission to search Warner’s home and surrounding area for “any and all physical evidence which would substantiate or support the commission of a crime to include but not limited to: digital evidence, photographic evidence, personal and financial documents, physical evidence of a crime, any firearms and or any other evidence that would substantiate that a crime has occurred.”
    http://www.starexponent.com/servlet/...=1128768908046

    Culpeper victim was shot in head

    Sheryl Ann Embrey Warner was shot in the head, hanged by the neck with an electrical cord and her body left to be consumed in a house fire, according to documents filed in court in Culpeper.

    Search warrant documents filed in Culpeper County Circuit Court revealed that the 37-year-old mother of three had been shot.

    Two bed comforters, a bed sheet, a mattress cover and two pillows were among items taken from Warner's James Monroe Highway (U.S. 29) home, according to the four search warrants issued on Dec. 19 and Dec. 22.

    The exact cause of death, however, was not contained in the court documents and has not been released by the Culpeper County Sheriff's Office.

    The fire was apparently started near the body, which, according to court documents, had burns on it.

    Other items seized from the Warner home under the search warrants include four telephones, a towel and a Styrofoam cup.
    http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2...2282005/155994

    Culpeper County reward is increased

    Crime Solvers is beefing up its reward for information leading to an arrest in the slaying of a Culpeper County woman.

    As Culpeper businesses take the lead in soliciting donations, the reward is up to $3,000. The amount likely will continue growing, said Nancy Garrett of Crime Solvers.
    http://www.timesdispatch.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=RTD%2FMGArticle%2FRTD_BasicArti cle&c=MGArticle&cid=1128769057921&path=!news&s=104 5855934842

    Reward increased in homicide case

    Crime Solvers is beefing up its reward for information leading to an arrest in the Sherri Warner homicide case.

    As Culpeper businesses take the lead in soliciting donations, the reward has increased to $3,000. And that amount is expected to continue growing, said Crime Solvers’ Nancy Garrett.

    The autopsy report shows Sherri Warner was probably dead before the fire was started, because she had no soot in her lungs. However, investigators are still awaiting toxicology reports that could shed more light into her condition at the time of her death.
    http://www.starexponent.com/servlet/...=1128768986926
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

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    I found something interesting at one of the links that you provided Mysteriew.Take a look at this.

    On March 2, 1996, Alicia Showalter Reynolds' car was found alongside Route 29 in Culpeper County, Virginia. Alicia, a 25-year-old graduate student, was traveling from her home in Baltimore to Charlottesville, Virginia. Two months later, her skeletal remains were found 15 miles away from where her car was located in Lignum, Virginia. During the investigation, it was determined that numerous other women were "flagged down" by a white male driving a dark pickup truck while driving along Route 29. The man would attempt to get the women to pull over by indicating they were having car trouble.

    and from the article about Warner, this was mentioned:http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2...2212005/154626

    Sherrie Warner, a Culpeper native and a graduate of Culpeper County High School, had been employed as a secretary for more than two years at DeJarnette's Main Street law office. Her home is about 50 yards from where Alicia Showalter Reynolds' car was found abandoned in March 1996.

    Reynolds' body was found in a wooded area near Lignum two months later. Her killer has never been found.

    "I can't say there's any connection at this time," Hart said of the two cases.
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    Yeah, the Route 29 Stalker did his dirty deeds in that area.

    http://www.freelancestar.com/News/FL...042005/1690132

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    Darrell Rice was the suspect but was never charged with the murder of Alicia Showalter Reynolds murder. He was charged/convicted of another abduction and received only a 10 year sentence. What is disturbing is I just checked the Virginai Dpet. of Correction and find NO record of him as an inmate? Has he already been released and if so, has he resumed?

    **added**never mind, I found him in Federal prison.
    Last edited by Shadow205; 01-05-2006 at 04:14 PM. Reason: to add information
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    Sherri was also a singer and member of a band, out of high school. That is how she met her husband, Lonnie, with whom she had 3 children and from whom she was later divorced.

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    How close is this to Richmond? Hmmm...

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    86 miles

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    How close is this to Richmond? Hmmm...
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    One difference I noted in the comparison of this case with the Harvey case was that in Warner's muder, there wasn't any mention of it being a particularly bloody scene, or any mention of torture like they found with the Harvey's. The fact that the Harvey scene also included young children may have been responsible for part of the detective's reactions, but with the info coming out about the nonfatal wounds, there isn't anything like that mentioned in the Warner case. Even though it does appear she was shot and hung, then a fire started.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow205
    I found something interesting at one of the links that you provided Mysteriew.Take a look at this.

    On March 2, 1996, Alicia Showalter Reynolds' car was found alongside Route 29 in Culpeper County, Virginia. Alicia, a 25-year-old graduate student, was traveling from her home in Baltimore to Charlottesville, Virginia. Two months later, her skeletal remains were found 15 miles away from where her car was located in Lignum, Virginia. During the investigation, it was determined that numerous other women were "flagged down" by a white male driving a dark pickup truck while driving along Route 29. The man would attempt to get the women to pull over by indicating they were having car trouble.

    and from the article about Warner, this was mentioned:http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2...2212005/154626

    Sherrie Warner, a Culpeper native and a graduate of Culpeper County High School, had been employed as a secretary for more than two years at DeJarnette's Main Street law office. Her home is about 50 yards from where Alicia Showalter Reynolds' car was found abandoned in March 1996.

    Reynolds' body was found in a wooded area near Lignum two months later. Her killer has never been found.

    "I can't say there's any connection at this time," Hart said of the two cases.
    That would be a major change in MO though.
    From attacking lone women in a vehicle, and dumping along the road to approaching and attacking them in a house. Wonder if they know COD for Showalter?

    I keep puzzling about the fact that Warner was both shot and hung. Was it overkill, or was the hanging unsuccessful and so she was then shot?
    Firesetting using is an indicator of trying to destroy evidence. That is often (but not always) an indicator that the person can be a known associate of the victim, but she didn't indicate to her dad that she knew the person. Someone who lived in the area, maybe? A clerk in a store she frequented or something similiar?
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight


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    Is this the same Sheryl Warner?

    Sheryl Warner and the
    Southside Homewreckers
    P.O. Box 404
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    http://www.sherylwarner.com/

    Upcoming schedule:
    http://www.sherylwarner.com/performsched.html

    If it is, the page hasn't been updated with the info about Warner.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

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    Quadruple Murder Mystery in Virginia

    Just an hour's drive north of Kay Scarpetta's Richmond, the scene of the annihilation of the Harvey family, is the small community of Culpeper, Virginia. It was there that less than two weeks before the murder of the Harveys that another victim met a similar terrible death. While talking on the telephone to her father, Sheryl Ann Warner heard a knock on her door and told her dad that the person at the door had car problems and needed help. (This kind of a plea for help has been a common ruse for assailants to obtain entry into a home.)
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10723608/

    The Culpeper county Sheriff's Office has classified the December 18 death of Reva resident Sheryl Ann Warner,37, as a homicide. Warner, who was initially thought to have died in a fire, was a law clerk in Culpeper County.

    Warner worked in the Washington offices of attorney Doug Baumgartner from 1999 to 2001.
    http://www.zwire.com/site/tab4.cfm?n...d=506086&rfi=6
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

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    What type of area did Sheryl live in?

    Does anyone else think it is a bit odd, she was talking with her Dad on the phone and said someone was there who was having car trouble. He tells her to call him back when they leave. Ok, that seems pretty normal. But when she didn't call back, the family has the LE there within 40 min. to check on her.

    There wasn't much worry and wonder time from the time the father hung up till they called LE. No assuming she had gotten busy or stepped outside. Father hangs up the phone, calls the sister, who tries to call her Sherri, and then calls LE.

    All that I have seen about the phone call is that someone came to the door and was having car trouble and she had to go. Yet the family responed very quickly. Did the father hear something disturbing on the phone? Was Sherri having problems with someone? What made the family respond so quickly? They didn't drop everything and run to the house to check. They called 911 very quickly.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysteriew
    What type of area did Sheryl live in?

    Does anyone else think it is a bit odd, she was talking with her Dad on the phone and said someone was there who was having car trouble. He tells her to call him back when they leave. Ok, that seems pretty normal. But when she didn't call back, the family has the LE there within 40 min. to check on her.

    There wasn't much worry and wonder time from the time the father hung up till they called LE. No assuming she had gotten busy or stepped outside. Father hangs up the phone, calls the sister, who tries to call her Sherri, and then calls LE.

    All that I have seen about the phone call is that someone came to the door and was having car trouble and she had to go. Yet the family responed very quickly. Did the father hear something disturbing on the phone? Was Sherri having problems with someone? What made the family respond so quickly? They didn't drop everything and run to the house to check. They called 911 very quickly.
    There have been horrible murders in the Fredericksburg/Culpeper area over the past ten years. Two teenage girls were abducted and murdered from their home after school and then Alicia Showalter was abducted and murdered.

    It is hard for me to imagine in this day and age, a woman letting a man she does not know into her house to use her phone. I so wish she had not! I think I am a Good Samaritan, but there is NO WAY I would let a strange man, no matter how normal (Ted Bundy) into my home to use the phone, even if I had a system where I would call my husband/sister/father whomever after he was through. No way.

    But, that is what happened here.

    When Sherri's father didn't hear right back from her, I am not surprised that he became concerned and when she did not pick up the phone, called her sister, who then called her ex, and after discussing it, then called the police. They probably did not want to appear paranoid and call 9-1-1, but after repeated attempts, quickly in succession, to contact her, did the right thing and called 9-1-1. They had lived through these other crimes, which is why it makes it that much more unbelievable that she let this guy into the house!!! I don't blame victims for the crimes their perps commit....but it was just an unfortunate, good hearted, but very risky decision. No less risky than picking up a hitchhiker in a desolate area.

    In this age of cell phones and nuts on the streets, please....NO ONE LET A STRANGER INTO YOUR HOME! Listen through the door and make a call for the person or call 9-1-1 and let the authorities come and help the person. If they're innocent, they won't care.

    In Summer 2004 a wonderful woman in New Jersey opened her door to a magazine salesman who wanted a drink of water....she was beaten to death within minutes.

    I do not find Sherri's relatives' reactions strange based on the crimes that had surrounded them that received tons of press coverage nationally. Hope this helps.

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    To clarify:
    The Fredericksburg murders were solved years after the girls' bodies were found. A normal looking, upstanding married guy (Pres of the homeowners' association) who lived not far from the girls moved to SC where he abducted a young girl in broad daylight. While she was tied in his apt, he fell asleep, she broke free and ran for her life. He woke up and fled, but the victim led the SC police to the apt where they found "souvenirs" from the F'burg girls that sealed the solution to that case. He committed suicide at a roadblock.
    Just didn't want to imply that the F'burg murders and the Showalter murder were BOTH unsolved.

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