Homicide in Sterling

Homicide in Sterling

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is investigating a death which medical examiners have ruled a homicide, according to court documents.

This is the first homicide in Loudoun County in 2006. There were three in 2005.

At 9:57 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 1, sheriff's deputies responded to Samantha Summers’ house on the 45500 block of Grand Central Square off of Cascades Parkway in Sterling.

A neighbor had tried to contact Summers, 58, but had been unable to reach her. According to court documents, that neighbor then went to Summers' house and found her unconscious in her upstairs bathroom.

The neighbor called 911 and attempted life-saving measures.

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue department paramedics were on the scene, but called in police because Summers was unattended when she was found.

Summers was transported to Loudoun Hospital Center for further treatment.

At 2:50 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, Summers was pronounced dead and was transported to the Fairfax County Medical Examiner.

The medical examiner’s preliminary findings of the autopsy, first reported by Leesburg Today on its website, state the cause of death was homicide and the manner of death was blunt force trauma.

Kraig Troxell, spokesman for Sheriff's Office acknowledged that an investigation is underway. He refused to comment further.