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Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 10/09/2012

Police: Reporter died of gunshot to neck


Sarah Libbey Greenhalgh was 48. (Courtesy of Douglas Lees)
The death of a Fauquier County reporter whose body was found inside her burning home in July has been ruled a homicide, the Fauquier County sheriff’s office said Tuesday.

Sarah Libbey Greenhalgh, 48, of Upperville, Va., died of a gunshot wound to the neck, a medical examiner has determined, said Lt. James Hartman, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

Hartman said the autopsy of the Winchester Star journalist had been completed, but investigators were still analyzing forensic evidence collected from the scene.

Hartman declined to release any other new details about the case but said the investigation is ongoing.

Firefighters discovered Greenhalgh’s body in a back bedroom of the cottage she rented on Dunvegan Drive on the morning of July 9, the sheriff’s office said. An off-duty firefighter had reported smoke rising from the home.

Authorities have not named any suspects in the case, although they have said in the past that they were talking with multiple “persons of interest.” They have also served a handful of search warrants.

Greenhalgh, who covered Frederick County government for the Star, was also known for her equestrian photography. Friends described her as loyal and blunt.

Her family has long been prominent in Virginia’s horse country, and her late father was a member of the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors and an associate dean at Georgetown Law School.

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