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Waynesboro Woman Claiming She Killed Her Husband Turns Herself In

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The Augusta County Sheriff's Office has charged Debra Washington with five charges including first degree murder, a pair of firearms charges, concealing a body, and eluding the police. Washington had previously claimed on Friday, that she had shot and killed her husband, Clarence Washington, setting off a search for Debra Washington and her husband.

On Friday night, Augusta County authorities found the body of a deceased black male in his forties about 400 feet off of a forest service road in George Washington National Forest near Sherando. Authorities have not released the identity of that body.

Debra Washington is currently being held at the Middle River Regional Jail.


Deputies spent much of Friday combing Augusta County, and scratching their heads. They were looking for a woman who reportedly claimed she killed her husband. By Friday afternoon, she finally turned herself in, but the question remains - did a murder take place?

Just before noon on Friday, 911 dispatchers got a call from Stuarts Draft, where Debra Washington told a relative that she'd shot and killed her husband. Washington showed up at the Waynesboro Police Department around 4 p.m., but so far, no sign of a victim.

Augusta County Sheriff's investigators are interviewing 47-year-old Washington right now. So far, the only charge they've filed is eluding police.

Washington was driving a green Toyota Tercel when a deputy spotted her in it shortly after noon, near Grandview Manor just outside of Waynesboro. They say Washington then abandoned the car and ran away.

Investigators searched the Toyota for clues and called in search dogs. They're still looking for the possible victim, Clarence Washington, who was last seen Friday morning at Augusta Health, where he undergoes dialysis treatments.

He may be driving a silver Volvo. Deputies and police have checked possible sightings in Stuarts Draft, Sherando and Waynesboro. If you have any information about either of the Washingtons, call the Augusta County Sheriff's Office at 540-245-5600.

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