Police Seek Help in Cold Murder Case

Police Seek Help in Cold Murder Case

$50,500 reward offered for information on murder of Stafford woman.

Nine years ago, on Jan. 16, 1998, Stafford resident Sherry Ann Culp was shot and killed while leaving work in Newington. Fairfax County Police are hoping someone will help them find the person responsible for her death.

On Friday, Jan. 16, 1998, Culp was leaving her job in the Dynatech Court and Cameron Brown Court area of the Fullerton Industrial Park when she was shot in the upper body. Culp was 8 1/2 months pregnant and after she died at Inova Fairfax Hospital, her baby was delivered by Cesarean section but died two days later, said Fairfax County Police Officer Shelly Broderick.

"This is one of the crimes where I put out a brief every year on the anniversary," Broderick said.

Police have released two composite sketches of possible suspects, along with photos of a newer-model maroon Ford Ranger that the person responsible may have been driving in that day. The man was described as white, in his 30s, 6 feet tall with sandy-colored brown hair. Police are also looking for a man seen talking with Culp's husband at the Landmark Mall prior to her death.

In addition to the $1,000 cash reward offered by Crime Solvers to anyone who can give information that leads to an arrest in this crime, Broderick said Culp's family has raised a "substantial private award" of $50,500.

Anyone with information that may help close this case is asked to call Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS/8477 or Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.