With search warrant documents partially unsealed, Fauquier sheriff's investigators say they have a suspect in the case of Sarah Greenhalgh's murder.
But they aren't yet saying who.
"We have a suspect, but that's all I can say," said Lt. James Hartman, spokesman for the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office.
On July 9, 2012, firefighters discovered Greenhalgh, 48, dead of a gunshot wound in her rental home on Dunvegan Drive in Upperville. The home was on fire, a blaze investigators say was deliberately set. The sheriff's office has investigated Greenhalgh's death as a homicide.
The Fauquier County Circuit Court recently unsealed portions of some search warrants connected to the investigation of Greenhalgh's death. They reveal where authorities looked - but not what they found. According to the documents, John Sheldon Kearns, 50, was the subject of at least two search warrants. Last year, police searched his apartment in Gainesville. They also searched the 2012 Jeep Wrangler of a woman named Joanne Ellen Petrizzo, as well as Greenhalgh's email and Facebook accounts.
A few days after Greenhalgh's death, Hartman said, "We do have several persons of interest. Some we have been able to make contact with, and they have cooperated with us, and others, we are trying to locate."
Kearns's neighbors heard him arguing with Greenhalgh outside his apartment the night before she was found dead. But police have not named him as a suspect, nor have they charged him with any crime. Hartman declined to comment further on the investigation.
More than a year later, the investigation of Greenhalgh's murder remains active and ongoing. Anyone with information about the case should call the Fauquier Sheriff's Office at (540) 422-8650. Callers can remain anonymous.
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