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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

U.S. Senator Jim Webb Aide Found Dead From Apparent Gunshot Wound

Frederick W. Hutchins Jr, 26 years-old and an aide to U.S. Senator Jim Webb, was found dead outside of a vehicle which was parked on a highway shoulder, in Virginia.
Hutchins' body was found on a small embankment beside the road along southbound U.S. 220, by a Botetourt County deputy who stopped to check on the vehicle yesterday.

According to Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle, Hutchins had been shot in the head and the gun was found underneath of him. The official cause of death will be determined by the medial examiner.

It is believed the time of death was between 4:30 am when an officer passed that area and saw no vehicle and 7:08 am when the officer stopped to check the parked vehicle and found the body.

Senator Jim Webb issued a statement today saying, "I am terribly saddened by the tragic and sudden death of Fred Hutchins, who diligently managed our Roanoke Senate office. Freddie was one of the most honorable and friendly individuals I have had the pleasure of knowing. He was a mainstay in the Roanoke community and a friend to all who knew him. My condolences go out to his mother, Karen, and the rest of his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.”