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Middlesex County deputy found dead in home

School Resource Officer Melinda Hart was found dead in a home Sunday. State police said the death does not seem to be suspicious in nature.
Credit: Virginia State Police

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, Va. — The Middlesex County Sheriff's Office just released a statement regarding the death of one of their deputies. 

Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations agents responded to the 8400 block of General Puller Highway on Sunday where a man told the agents a family member would not leave the residence.

Around 10:30 a.m. that morning, Middlesex County deputies found a 48-year-old woman dead inside the residence.

On Monday, the sheriff's office said it was their deputy that was found dead. Deputy Melinda Hart was a school resource officer at St. Clare Walker Middle School.

Below is the statement Sheriff Bushey posted on the Middlesex County Sheriff's Office Facebook page:

The Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office is saddened by the death of Deputy Melinda Hart, School Resource Officer at St. Clare Walker Middle School. 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. We will release funeral information as soon as it is available.

David P. Bushey, Sheriff

Anaya said the death does not seem to be suspicious in nature.

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