Webb Aide Shot Dead
A young aide to Senator Jim Webb was found dead along a Virginia highway yesterday morning.
The body of Frederick W. Hutchins Jr., 26, of Roanoke was found shortly after 7 a.m. along southbound U.S. 220 by a Botetourt County deputy who had stopped to check on a vehicle parked on the highway’s shoulder, according to the sheriff’s office. Hutchins was an aide to U.S. Senator Jim Webb, D-Va.
Hutchins had been shot in the head, and a gun was found beneath his body, Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle said. The sheriff added that the official cause of death would be determined by the state medical examiner. Hutchins’ body was outside the car, which was north of Fincastle, on a small embankment beside the road. Sprinkle said the death occurred between 4:30 a.m., when an officer passed the scene and no vehicle was present, and 7:08 a.m., when another officer stopped to check on the parked vehicle.
Sad and truly bizarre. No further details are available. Indeed, the Roanoke Times report is the only coverage thus far at Google News.