The investigation into former Warren County sheriff Daniel McEathron’s death continues.
Members of the Sheriff’s Office found McEathron’s body at around noon on Tuesday on property within the 400-block of Skyline Forest Drive in or near his home.
Capt. Gordon Foster, of the Sheriff’s Office, noted in a prepared statement Wednesday that the department “has been deeply saddened” by the retired sheriff’s passing.
“The office has received overwhelming support from the community and fellow agencies,” he stated.
Virginia State Police are handling the investigation, and Sgt. Brent Coffey, a public information officer for state police, said they are looking into all aspects of the death.
The department has already confirmed it was an unattended death, that a firearm was recovered from the scene, and that foul play was not suspected.
Coffey declined to comment on why the Sheriff’s Office arrived at the property on Tuesday, citing the ongoing investigation. He referred that question to the Sheriff’s Office, which also declined to comment.
McEathron, 58, had worked in law enforcement for 37 years, with the last 16 years as sheriff. He retired earlier this month, several months before his term was to end.
McEathron was one of nine co-defendants in a $17.6 million civil lawsuit filed by the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority alleging misappropriation of funds. His death comes days after Jennifer McDonald, the former EDA executive director, was arrested on felony counts of fraud and embezzlement. McEathron denied being involved in any illegal activities.
The Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday was not aware of funeral service arrangements, Foster said.