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UPDATE: Male Juvenile Charged in Relation to 19 Year Old Female Death

27 March 2017 News

UPDATED: Update to Homicide Investigation 3/27/17 4:17pm

In relation to the on-going investigation in the death of Leah M. Adams, the Front Royal Police Department can confirm the following information:
Preliminary autopsy reporting confirms that Ms. Adams’ severe injuries were not the result of a situation involving a vehicle vs. pedestrian issue but rather the direct result of stab wounds to the chest area. The Medical Examiner’s Office has officially labeled the incident as a homicide.
The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office has also confirmed that they will be moving to have the juvenile prosecuted as an adult.
Anyone with additional information in relation to this case is asked to contact Det. David Fogle at 540-636-2208 or dfogle@frontroyalva.com.


On March 25, 2017 at 8:34pm, Front Royal Police responded to a report of a possible hit & run involving a vehicle and pedestrian in the 100 block of Kerfoot Avenue. While responding to this incident, police also received a call for a reported attempted burglary one block away in the 100 block of S. Shenandoah Avenue.

Upon arrival to the first incident, officers found a female with serious injuries on the scene. EMS responded and began immediate care. Simultaneously, officers arrived to the secondary call and encountered a 17 year old male juvenile with minor injuries. The juvenile was detained and transported to Warren Memorial Hospital. The female, identified as Leah Marie Adams, 19, of Front Royal was transported as well. She pronounced deceased upon arrival to the hospital.

Crash investigators as well as criminal detectives were called to both scenes. Ms. Adams’ vehicle was located within the proximity of both incidents. The vehicle was found to have sustained some damage. Further investigation revealed that Adams sustained life ending injuries that were not consistent with trauma sustained as the result of a vehicle crash or hit & run. Additional information was received and corroborated that Adams and the male juvenile detained earlier were in some type of physical confrontation in the roadway just prior to police being called.

The male juvenile has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder. The charge is a Class 2 felony and carries a potential sentence of five to forty years in prison if convicted. He is currently being held without bond at the Northwestern Regional Juvenile Detention Center. Numerous additional charges may be placed pending further consultation with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office as well as results from the official autopsy report from the Medical Examiner’s Office.

This is an open, on-going homicide investigation. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective David Fogle at 540-636-2208 or by email at dfogle@frontroyalva.com.



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