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Warrant describes death scene of Deltaville murder

by Tom Chillemi

While police have been tight-lipped about the murder of Margaret Thornton “Peggy” Lammers, the search warrant executed by the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and filed in Middlesex Circuit Court, reveals grizzly details.

Lammers, 61, was found dead in a residence on Stove Point Road in Deltaville on July 11 about 6:15 p.m. by a Middlesex deputy.

Her husband Tony, who lives out of state, had called the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) stating that attempts to contact Mrs. Lammers via cell and house phones had been unsuccessful at the Deltaville residence, which is known to be the “river home” of Mrs. Lammers’ late parents, states the search warrant issued on July 11, at 10 p.m.

The search warrant lists “murder” as the offense for which the warrant was sought.

According to the search warrant, a Middlesex deputy responded and noticed an open sliding glass door at the rear of the single-story residence. He entered the house and found some things out of place—some handbags had been dumped out and a telescope was knocked over.

The deputy found Mrs. Lammers’ body in a hallway in “a pool of blood.” The deputy also noticed bloody shoe prints on the floor of the residence. The victim was barefoot.

Last week MSO Major M.E. Sampson said investigators are awaiting analysis by the state forensic laboratory of evidence collected when police were first called to the crime scene. He also said investigators have submitted more evidence. 

The search warrant lists evidence collected, including a fixed-blade knife, beer bottles and DNA swabs.

Middlesex Sheriff David Bushey said both Middlesex investigators are continuing to work with the Virginia State Police along with other agencies outside the area to solve this case.

According to an obituary that was published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on July 24, Mrs. Lammers was from a suburb of Cleveland. She was the daughter of Dr. John L. and Marjorie Mae Lucas Thornton (both deceased) and “beloved wife of Anthony and adored mother to Jay, Anne Jordan and Presley.”

Mrs. Lammers was a graduate of Collegiate School in Richmond, and attended Mount Vernon College and Virginia Commonwealth University School of Art. She was a member of St. Christopher’s by-the-River Episcopal Church, located in Gates Mill, Ohio, where a memorial service was held on July 26.

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

posted 08.09.2017

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