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Mother, friends discuss mysterious death of Winchester Star reporter Sarah Greenhalgh

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Sarah Greenhalgh (Photo: Douglas Lees) Sarah Greenhalgh (Photo: Douglas Lees)

Fauquier County Sheriff's detectives and Virginia State Police investigators were back at the scene of a newspaper reporter's murder late Wednesday, processing the victim's house off Dunvegan Drive in Upperville, Va. for evidence in the mysterious crime.

48-year-old Winchester Star reporter Sarah Greenhalgh was found murdered Monday morning. Her house had been burned.

"It is the most horrible thing I can imagine," says Sara Lee Greenhalgh of her daughter's death. "I can't even conceive of this happening. I can't conceive that I'm not going to see her anymore."

"We think that whoever did it knew her and had some sort of personal vendetta against her or whatever," says Ann MacLeod, the victim's landlord.

Of special interest to investigators is the murder victim's Facebook page and what apparently was Greenhalgh's last posting Sunday night, just hours before she was killed.

It reads: "Going to be sleeping with the windows wide open. Now if bat---- crazy boy would just leave me alone."

"I didn't know who she was dating," says longtime friend Betsey Parker, who showed us the Facebook posting. "She dated lots of people. She was a free spirit. She was a single girl. But that is very disturbing."

Investigators say they became aware of the Facebook comment early on Monday morning.

"We were able to identify the person she was referencing," says Lt. Jim Hartman of the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office. "And we have spoken to that person and that person is being cooperative with our investigation."

Lt. Hartman calls the man a person of interest, not a suspect.

"At this point, we have persons of interest that we're looking for," Lt. Hartman continues. "And some that we have found that we've talked to. And a few that we are trying to seek out to talk to about Sarah."

Betsey Parker says she and Greenhalgh were friends for 25 years. They were both journalists and both shared a love of horses and polo.

"She was a light in the community," Parker tells us. "She was vibrant. She was funny. She was witty. She was poignant. She was talented. But she'd always have some big drama. She'd always have some bad boyfriend, some stupid boyfriend, some boyfriend that was pestering her."

Investigators are not saying how Greenhalgh was killed. Lt. Hartman says the case is moving along quickly with many leads being followed up.

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