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Sheriff’s Office re-opening a 1988 murder outside of Purcellville

Facial reconstruction of victim

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Cold Case Unit is hoping to identify the skeletal remains from a 1988 homicide.

According to an article published in the Times-Mirror 25 years ago, the remains were discovered March 8, 1988 on Sunny Ridge Road at around 11 a.m. by a couple walking around the area looking at their house, which was currently under construction. Sunny Ridge Road is located just outside of Purcelville. The skeleton was wrapped in a blanket, and apparently no effort had been made to bury the body.

Investigators determined the man had been shot.

During the initial investigation in the 1980s, police said the body had likely been on Sunny Ridge Road, also known as Route 761, for a year.

Investigators think the man was either white or Hispanic and approximately 5'8" to 5'10" tall with a stocky build, possibly with reddish-brown hair. He also had full upper dentures, which were found next to his body. The bones were found with black Sears polyester pants, with a size 42 waist and a 29 inseam and red socks.

The police have released a facial reconstruction of what the victim may have looked like.

Anyone with information about either the person or the circumstances leading to his death is asked to call Detective S. Schochet of the LCSO Cold Case Unit at 703-777-0475. Callers who want to remain anonymous can call the Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919 or at 1-877-1931. For more details on the case or to submit a tip online, visit sheriff.loudoun.gov/sunnyridge.


Is there a reason why this cold case—or any other—should not be reopened and solved?

This “news” release is nothing more than the usual smokescreen from Chapman.  He’s just trying to come up with stuff to divert attention away from all of the major internal problems at the Sheriffs Office.  This “cold case” unit is staffed by two of his campaign supporters/donors.  He rewarded them with cushy jobs- two years of sucking up money which could be better spent on the deputies, and they still haven’t solved one single cold case.  Chapman is all about fancy press releases, but what has his dept. really done??  He has totally destroyed morale, alienated the Board of Supervisors, the Commonwealth Attorney, and the Republican Party. You’ve gone over your budget by millions; let’s hear about some results Sheriff!!

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