UPDATE – Death Investigation

September 12, 2019

The City of Hopewell, Virginia

Hopewell Police Department
Kamran Afzal, Chief of Police
804-541-2282

MEDIA RELEASE

For Further Information Contact: Lieutenant Michael Langford
Criminal Investigations Unit – (804) 541-2228
Release Number: 2019-09122019                                                              September 12, 2019

**UPDATE – Death Investigation**

[Hopewell, VA] – The victim has been identified as Ms. Kristie S McPherson, 49 years old, of the 800 block of East Poythress Street, Hopewell, Virginia. The preliminary investigation revealed Ms. McPherson succumbed to her injuries as a result of blunt force trauma. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) has completed an autopsy and classified the death as homicide. The Hopewell Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU) continue to follow-up on leads.

The Hopewell Police Department is requesting that any person(s) who may have witnessed any suspicious activity at the Sunrise Apartment Complex # 1, been in the area at the time or have any information to provide, to contact Lead Detective Mark Polumbo of the Hopewell Criminal Investigations Unit at (804) 541-2284.

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**Death Investigation underway**

[Hopewell, VA] – On September 10, 2019 at 3:28 PM, officers responded to the Sunrise Apartment Complex # 1 in the 400 block of East Broadway along with Emergency Medical Services for an unknown individual calling for help. Upon entry into the occupied apartment, a female victim was located unresponsive. Emergency Medical Services pronounced the individual deceased at the residence. Members of the Hopewell Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit responded to the scene and initiated a death investigation. The decedent has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) for autopsy.
The identity of the decedent is not being released at this time pending notification of the next-of-kin. A person of interest has been identified and there is no immediate threat to the rest of the community. Further information and/or updates will be released as they become available.
The Hopewell Police Department is requesting that any person(s) who may have witnessed any suspicious activity at the Sunrise Apartment Complex # 1, been in the area at the time or have any information to provide, to contact Lead Detective Mark Polumbo of the Hopewell Criminal Investigations Unit at (804) 541-2284. Persons with information on this crime and who wish to remain anonymous may contact the Hopewell Prince George Crimesolvers hotline in Hopewell at (804) 541-2202 or provide their tip using the P3tips mobile app.

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