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Police say no arrests imminent in Greenhalgh homicide

By Joe Beck

More than four months have passed without an arrest in the homicide death of Winchester Star reporter Sarah Libbey Greenhalgh, but a spokesman for the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday it remains his department top priority.

Investigators continue to sift through forensic lab results and other evidence for clues, said Lt. James Hartman. No arrest is imminent and there are no named suspects, Hartman said.

He said the investigators were combing through "copious amount of data we've gotten from electronic sources such as various subpoenas for bank records" and other documents.

Hartman said bank records in a homicide investigator are commonly used to gain information about the last days and weeks of a homicide victim's life before the crime was committed.

Hartman said the scope of the investigation has narrowed since July when authorities were following leads into several states.

Firefighters discovered Greenhalgh's body on July 9 as her rented Upperville home was being destroyed by a blaze. The remnants of the house on Dunvegan Drive have since been torn down.

The specific cause of her death remained undisclosed until early October when the Manassas Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled that she died from a gunshot wound to the neck.

Hartman said he "couldn't make any predictions at this point" when the case might be solved.

He said the sheriff's office is continuing to receive tips from the public, and several other state and local law enforcement agencies continue to aid in the investigation.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com


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