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Nine-year anniversary of the death of Sheryl Warner

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 County.

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 540.829.9750;

- via Culpeper Crime Solvers at 540.727.0300 to remain anonymous;

- via email at flucas@culpepercounty.gov;

- via email at tips4warner@gmail.com - an e-mail account set-up by the Sheriff’s Office for anonymous submission of information; or

- via mail or in-person at Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office - 14023 Public Safety Court - Culpeper, Virginia 22701.

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 relevance of your tip. We remain committed to finding the person(s) responsible for the murder of Sherri Warner.
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