Gunshot death ruled homicide

This is the entrance to Kildare Drive in Shenandoah Farms off Blue Mountain Road where the body of a 42-year-old Front Royal man was found on Wednesday. Rich Cooley/Daily

FRONT ROYAL — The gunshot death of a 42-year-old man near Front Royal has been ruled a homicide by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities identified the victim as Simon Jefferson Funk Jr. of Front Royal.

Funk was found dead from a gunshot wound in the early morning hours Wednesday in a wooded area in the 700 block of Kildare Drive.

“We are conducting an investigation relative to a homicide,” Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron said.

McEathron said the Sheriff’s Office has arrested someone he described as a “person of interest” on charges unrelated to Funk’s death.

McEathron said his department is in “no big hurry” to complete the investigation “because the person of interest is in custody.”

Several “little things” need to be done before a final decision is made about whether to charge the person of interest in Funk’s death, McEathron said.

“Once we’re able to do that, we’ll announce the name,” McEathron said.

Law enforcement officials found Funk’s body in mountainous terrain dotted with homes on wooded lots. Kildare Drive is a private road that runs deep into the woods off of Blue Mountain Road.

Lisa Walker, who works at nearby Shenandoah Farms Grocery, said she had heard rumors about the shooting but knew nothing specific about it.

“I know there were a lot of cops all over the mountain last night,” Walker said.

McEathron said he doubted any additional persons of interest will be taken into custody in the case.

“We don’t expect any more than what it is,” McEathron said of the investigation. “As days go on and the investigation continues, sometimes you find out more information that will take it in a different direction, but in this case we don’t believe so.”

Funk’s death is the first homicide in Warren County in six years. The last victim before Funk was Ashley Rexroad, who was shot to death by Kevin Scott Johnson in their home in Shenandoah Shores in April 2008.

Anyone with information about Funk’s death is asked to contact Sgt. Phillip Henry with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 635-7100. They can also leave an anonymous tip at http://www.warrencountysheriff.org by clicking on the crime tip hotline tab.

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