Cornelia Marie Arnold was found burned to death inside of a shed in Balls Bluff near Leesburg. The entire incident was very suspicious and no one was ever charged with the crime. And yes I know this took place in Loudoun County, but since no ever goes that forum I'm posting it here...
Human Remains Found in Leesburg
Victim identifed as 52-year-old Cornelia Arnold
Updated: Tuesday, 24 Aug 2010, 10:46 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 24 Aug 2010, 3:58 PM EDT
Sherri Ly twitter/SherriLyFox5
By SHERRI LY/myfoxdc
LEESBURG, Va. - The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office are investigating an apparent homicide after human remains were discovered in a wooded area near Ball's Bluff Regional Park in Leesburg.
Authorities were responding to a report of a burning shed in a remote wooded area at the 42300 block of Balls Bluff Road around 5:47 p.m. Monday. When police and firefighters arrive, they found a woman's body alongside the building.
Police have identified the body as 52-year-old Cornelia Maria Arnold. She lived in the nearby neighborhood on Balls Bluff Road.
The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office says it is unclear how long Arnold was missing before her body was found. As of Tuesday afternoon, investigators are not naming any suspects or motive.
The fire burned down the shed and scorched the ground but it wasn't enough to hide what investigators say is a missing woman's murder.
"We have to technically officially call this a suspicious death, but we are looking at it as a homicide," said Loudoun County Sheriff Stephen Simpson.
About 30 minutes before the fire was reported, Leesburg Police say Arnold's family called, asking how to report a missing person but decided not to file a report. Several people called 911 to report the fire including one man, who police say told them the shed was on fire and that there may be human remains.
The shed where Arnold's body was found is on a future park site in a remote area near Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Park. Arnold's home is right next to the trail leading to the crime scene, about a mile away. Investigators say the killer had to know where to go.
"I would have to venture to say it would be someone familiar with the area, someone who may have been there before and back in through those woods and down the trails to know there are structures in there," said Simpson.
In the neighborhood, it brought back memories of a suspected serial stabber that struck in Leesburg earlier this month.
"It is kind of shocking coming on the heels of what happened in Leesburg with the stabbings, and now this right in our neighborhood. It's just kind of shocking," said neighbor Shelley Young.
Investigators initially said there appeared to be trauma to the body, but now say there is no apparent cause of death. An autopsy is being performed to determine how Arnold died. Police are interviewing her family and aren't ruling out anyone as a suspect.
"The family will be talked to providing they're willing to cooperate,” said Simpson. “The neighbors, co-workers, friends, anyone we can think of to talk to that may be able to shed some light on this," said Simpson.
The sheriff's department searched Arnold's home Monday night but are not saying if they have found anything.
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Cornelia Marie Arnold
Cornelia Maria Heynemann Arnold passed away on August 23, 2010. Born in Darmstadt, Germany, April 14, 1958, to parents Christel Heynemann and Lynn Robert Packer. She was a longtime resident of Manitou Springs before moving to Virginia in 1999. Connie was an avid gardener and received her Master Gardener credentials in Colorado. She was a talented watercolor painter and enjoyed spending time outdoors. She had a kind heart and an old soul. Connie spent much of her life helping others as she loved people, animals and the land. As a family they enjoyed walking their two dogs and playing with their many pets. In addition to making monthly contributions to a variety of organizations she also spent much of her life volunteering and supporting a number of charitable causes. Connie's memory lives on with her huband Gerald and daughters Sarah, Emma, Sophie and Madeline; her parents; brothers and sisters Bill Hennick, Christell Swanson, Ken, Heidi and Steve Tuszynski; close family friend John Eastham as well as numerous other family members and good friends. An intimate gathering to celebrate her life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 23, 2010, in the solarium at Miramonte Castle, 9 Capitol Hill Avenue, Manitou Springs. The family would welcome anyone who knew and loved Connie to share this time with them. Memorial contributions may be directed to The American Society For the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Attn: Linda Tiramani, 520 8th Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY, 10018 (phone 1-800-628-0028) or on the website at http://www.aspca.org/donate/