Sheriff: Homicide investigation continues, no charges yet

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the homicide of Simon Funk Jr. but authorities are not ready to file charges more than a month after his shooting death, Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron said Monday.

“Investigators have met with the Commonwealth’s Attorney, but we’re not sure when charges are going to be placed or anything like that,” McEathron said.

Funk, 42, a cab driver from Front Royal, was found dead in the early morning hours of Dec. 10 in the 700 block of Kildare Drive, a heavily wooded area.

The Sheriff’s Office arrested Clay Marshall Curtis, also of Front Royal, on charges unrelated to the homicide investigation. But McEathron described Curtis as “a person of interest” in Funk’s death.

“It’s a typical investigation,” McEathron said. “It’s progressing. There’s a lot of work being done.”

Curtis, 61, was arrested hours before authorities found Funk’s body. He has been charged with a federal probation violation.

A search warrant documents states that Curtis made a cell phone call to a woman identified as Funk’s girlfriend and told her, “I’m going to prison forever, and I killed him.”

Funk and Curtis are described as acquaintances in the search warrant document.

Curtis was released from federal prison on Aug. 7, but authorities asked in October that his probation be revoked when he allegedly failed to report for a scheduled mental health evaluation on Oct. 2.

The search warrant, which was executed at the Relax Inn motel at 1525 N. Shenandoah Ave. hours after the discovery of Funk’s body, lists first- and second-degree murder as charges related to the investigation.

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