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Deltaville woman’s death investigated as homicide

by Tom Chillemi

The investigation into the death of a 61-year-old Deltaville woman entered its third week as multiple law enforcement agencies combine efforts, said Middlesex Sheriff David P. Bushey on Tuesday, July 25.

“I want to assure the Middlesex County community the sheriff’s office has made this case a top priority,” said Sheriff Bushey in a statement issued on Tuesday. “We have two detectives assigned to the case along with uniformed deputies assisting. Detectives also are continuing to work with the Virginia State Police along with other agencies outside the area. We will continue to investigate this as a homicide.”

Margaret “Peggy” Lammers was found dead in her residence on Stove Point Road in Deltaville at about 6:15 p.m. on July 11 by Middlesex deputies. A family member, who lives out of state, had called the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) stating that attempts to contact Lammers via cell and house phones had been unsuccessful.

Sheriff Bushey explained the MSO handles “unattended deaths” as homicides unless and until the cause of death can be proven to not be a homicide. An unattended death is one where the deceased person appears to have been alone and no witness has been found to explain what happened.

Sheriff Bushey added detectives are awaiting the medical examiner’s report on the cause of death, and the state forensic laboratory’s analysis of evidence.

“The safety of citizens is always a top priority,” said Sheriff Bushey.

Anyone with information should call the Middlesex Crime Line at 804-758-5600.

posted 07.26.2017

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