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Witness sought in fatal stabbing

Police continue homicide investigation

Police continue homicide investigation

June 07, 2002|by SARAH MULLIN

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

West Virginia State Police on Thursday were trying to locate a possible witness to Tuesday night's fatal stabbing at the Hedgesville Post Office.

Cathy A. Crissy, 43, had gone to the post office to mail letters on Tuesday night. She was found in a pool of blood on the floor of the post office lobby at around 9 p.m. and was taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va, where she was pronounced dead at 11:56 p.m.

State police said they were looking for a red Dodge Neon operated by a white male in his mid-20s or early 30s with dark hair.

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First Sgt. Deke Walker said police learned someone of that description was seen at the post office Tuesday evening.

"We don't know if that person can help us or not, but we want to talk to them," Walker said.

Crissy, of Hedgesville, was stabbed in the neck and face between 8:45 p.m. and 9:12 p.m., police said.

Walker said police found a knife at the scene but had not confirmed whether it was the weapon used in the attack on Crissy.

An autopsy had been completed, and police were awaiting the report, he said.

Crissy's purse was found next to her in the post office, but police had not determined if anything was missing, Walker said.

"We're still looking into robbery (as a possible motive), but it's only one of the things. It's still up in the air," he said.

Crissy and her family moved to Hedgesville from Hagerstown two years ago.

Crissy was married to Mike Crissy, 44, and was the mother of two children.

The Hedgesville Post Office, which was closed Wednesday as investigators scoured the scene, reopened Thursday, Walker said.

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