A message from the Sheriff
Thank you for visiting the Culpeper County Sheriff's Office website. The Culpeper County Sheriff's Office is founded on the principles of integrity, respect, honesty, and caring for others. With a staff of 112 dedicated men and women, we are committed to providing professional law enforcement services through a well-trained staff, technology, crime prevention and a results-oriented, proactive approach to public safety.
We care about our community, continuously seeking out opportunities to partner with the public and to maintain an open dialogue with those we serve. By doing so, together, we make Culpeper County a great place to live, work and play. I hope you find the information on this site helpful and thank you for allowing us to serve you.
Scott H. Jenkins, Sheriff
As we reach the nine-year
anniversary of a brutal crime that shocked our community, the Culpeper County
Sheriff’s Office continues to seek the assistance of the public with our
investigation of the murder of Sheryl Warner of the Reva area of Culpeper
The facts of this case were
that on the evening of Sunday, December 18, 2005, around 6:30 p.m., 37-year-old
Sheryl “Sherri” Warner was alone in her home located at 8445 James Monroe
Highway, 29 South in Culpeper County, about three miles before the Madison
County line. She was on the telephone with her father, John Embrey, discussing
the recent Washington Redskins win against the Dallas Cowboys. This phone call
was interrupted when a male knocked on her front door, reported that his car
had broken down, and asked to use her phone to call for assistance. His
conversation suggested he was not alone. Sherri Warner hung up the phone and
was never heard from again.
Alerted by Sherri’s family,
responding fire and law enforcement personnel discovered her home set on fire
and her bound, hanging, and lifeless body in the basement. The cause of her
death was a gunshot to her head. Her murder robbed her family of a beloved
daughter and sister. Most tragic was that Sherri’s three children - aged 13,
10, and 8 - lost their mother that night—a week before Christmas.
The investigation has
revealed that at approximately 5:15 p.m. on the date of her murder, Sherri was
Christmas shopping at the Belk Store in Culpeper. Store video surveillance
shows that as Sherri is leaving the store, an unidentified male holds open the
door for her and engages her in conversation. We are asking for this man, or
anyone who can identify this man, to contact the Culpeper County Sheriff’s
Office. It is believed that he is one of the last persons to see Sherri alive
and we would like to speak with him concerning any information that he may have
that would be pertinent to the investigation.
We are asking if anyone has
any information that might be related to this crime to contact us via any of
the following means:
- via telephone at
- via Culpeper Crime Solvers
at 540.727.0300 to remain anonymous;
- via email at firstname.lastname@example.org;
- via email at email@example.com - an e-mail
account set-up by the Sheriff’s Office for anonymous submission of information;
- via mail or in-person at
Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office - 14023 Public Safety Court - Culpeper,
Regardless of how
insignificant you think your information might be, or even if you think we
already are aware of it, please let us assess the revelance of your tip. We remain committed to finding the person(s) responsible for the murder of Sherri Warner.
Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office arrested four men
for the fatal stabbing of Corey D. Clanagan, 19, of Culpeper, and shooting of
Conner A. Settle, 21, of Front Royal, that occurred around midnight Sunday,
November 2, 2014, in the 11000 block of Cherry Hill Road, Culpeper.
Early this morning, three search warrants were
executed simultaneously in Spotsylvania County and the City of Fredericksburg.
With the assistance of the U.S. Marshals, U.S. Army, Virginia State Police,
Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office, and Fredericksburg Police, Jonathan E. Milton
Jr., 21, of Fredericksburg, was arrested on Felony charges of murder/lynching
by mob, use of a firearm in the commission of a Felony, maliciously shooting at
an occupied motor vehicle, and aggravated malicious wounding. Tonie M. Jones,
18, and Ricardo D. Powell, 25, both of Spotsylvania, are charged with Felony
murder/lynching by mob. Daniel M. Akordor, 23, of Fredericksburg, was
apprehended in Richmond with the assistance of Virginia Commonwealth University
Police for Felony murder/lynching by mob. They are held without bond at
Culpeper County Jail.
One suspect remains at large: Donell D. Easter Jr.,
20, of Fredericksburg, is wanted for Felony murder/lynching by mob. Information
about his whereabouts can be provided anonymously through Culpeper Crime
Solvers number at 540.727.0300. The Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office Criminal
Investigations Division can be reached at 540.727.7523 or through the E-911
center at 540.727.7900. Sheriff Scott Jenkins thanks the public for their
continued assistance, which has included over two dozen tips received through
Culpeper Crime Solvers and firstname.lastname@example.org-<mailto:email@example.com->
an e-mail account set-up by the Sheriff’s Office for anonymous submission of
photos, videos, or information.
We would like to thank the following agencies for
their assistance in the investigation and arrests of the suspects: Spotsylvania
Sheriff’s Office, Fredericksburg Police, VSP, Fairfax Police, Fauquier
Sheriff’s Office, Stafford Sheriff’s Office, Rappahannock Regional Jail, US
Marshals, VCU Police, US Army, and Culpeper Police Department. We also thank
Culpeper Commonwealth Attorney Megan Frederick for her support and work in
obtaining search and arrest warrants in this case.
Have you ever wanted to know more about police work?
The Citizens’ Law Enforcement Academy is a four-week program
designed to provide those who live and work in Culpeper County with first-hand
information and hands-on experience so they gain a better understanding of how
the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office operates. The Academy is taught by
Deputies and department personnel in their own areas of expertise. Four weekly
sessions cover a range of topics, including patrol, dispatch, jail, courthouse,
and special operations, investigations, active shooter and work place violence,
and more. Students will tour the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office, County Jail,
County Courthouse, and Culpeper Joint 911 Center, and they will have the
opportunity to visit the firing range and obtain a certificate of completion
that demonstrates their competence with a handgun as required for a concealed
carry permit. Applicants will have to pass a background check before being
accepted into the Citizens’ Law Enforcement Academy. Classes will begin in
January 2015 and will be held on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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