Police: No New Details

Garst: ‘Very Active’ Probe Under Way

Posted: November 3, 2012

HARRISONBURG — Few new details were available from police Friday regarding a man found dead in his Dutch Mill Court apartment Thursday morning.

The body of the victim was sent to the Office of the Medical Examiner for an autopsy Friday morning.

Mary-Hope Vass, the city’s public information officer, issued a statement Friday afternoon reporting that investigators and the medical examiner are working together to determine the cause of death and to positively identify the man.

The release also read that the man’s name will not be released until he has been identified and his next of kin has been notified.

Marsha Garst, Rockingham County commonwealth’s attorney, said “a very active investigation” is under way.

The investigation began around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, when police were called to the apartment complex located off of Reservoir Street.

Soon after, more than a dozen police officers arrived on the scene, as well as several investigators with the Harrisonburg Police Department and two police dogs.

By midafternoon, the Virginia State Police Division of Criminal Investigations evidence collection truck arrived on the scene.

If the case is ruled a murder, it would be the first in Harrisonburg in more than 1½ years.

Vass, in her statement, said police are still reaching out to the community for information surrounding the case.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the department’s anonymous tip line at 574-5050. Information may also be provided by texting “HPD” to 274637 (CRIMES).

Contact Kaitlin Mayhew at 574-6290 or kmayhew@dnronline.com


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