Middlesex Co. Sheriff’s Office says ‘unattended death’ involved one of its deputies

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – The Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office has identified a 48-year-old woman who was found dead inside a county home Sunday as one of its own deputies.

Deputy Melinda Hart, a school resource officer at St. Clare Walker Middle School, was found dead Sunday.

At this time officials say the death does not seem to be suspicious in nature.

“While the circumstances surrounding her passing are still under investigation by the Virginia State Police, the Sheriff’s Office is working closely with the school system to offer services to the community. Please be mindful of the family’s privacy during this difficult time,” the sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook.

Agents responded to the 8400 block of General Puller Highway, where a male told them a family member would not leave the residence. 

Around 10:30 a.m., Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office found the woman’s body.

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Chesapeake Field Office were requested by the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the “unattended death.”

State police identified and notified family members at the scene and are currently investigating the incident.

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