Regular Chronicle contributor Sarah L. Greenhalgh’s cottage burned down on the morning of Monday, July 9, and authorities have now confirmed that the body found was that of Greenhalgh.
Greenhalgh, 48, began contributing regularly to the Chronicle in 1990, and she moved into the cottage near Upperville, Va., approximately a year ago.
According to Fauquier Now, a Fauquier County firefighter saw smoke around 8 a.m. on July 9. At 8:22 a.m., a Loudoun County unit arrived at the home. Firefighters from Marshall, The Plains and Fauquier also responded to the call.
After dousing the fire, they discovered the body in the bedroom of the cinderblock building.
“There is some evidence… that leads us to believe the fire was suspicious in nature,” said Lt. James Hartman, Fauquier County’s sheriff on Tuesday.
Currently, there is no confirmed cause of the fire.
In addition to the Chronicle, Greenhalgh also wrote for The Winchester Star, The Fauquier Times-Democrat, The Fauquier Citizen and other equestrian media companies as a freelance writer and photographer.
Her cheerful nature and thorough knowledge of steeplechasing will be missed by those who knew and worked with her.