UPDATE: Preliminary findings into the death of Gary D. Cook by the Office of the Medical Examiner in Manassas determined that Cook died of natural causes.
The husband of a woman shot to death by a Culpeper police officer back in February - and who had filed a multimillion dollar wrongful death lawsuit because of it - was found dead Tuesday morning.
Gary Cook was discovered by maintenance crews at his apartment in Culpeper County. State police are investigating, but say there's no indication of foul play. A source tells NBC29 that Cook may have been dead for several days.
Cook's wife, Patricia, was shot in her car by Daniel Harmon-Wright after a traffic stop on February 9. Harmon-Wright is currently out on bond, charged with murder, malicious shooting into an occupied vehicle resulting in death, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Reported by NBC29 HD News
Press Release Virginia State Police
VIRGINIA STATE POLICE INVESTIGATING UNATTENDED DEATH
CULPEPER CO. – The Virginia State Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a Culpeper County resident. At this stage of the investigation, it does not appear foul play was a factor in the man's death.
On Sept. 11, 2012, at 10:29 a.m., Culpeper County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a residential apartment in the 1000 block of Friendship Way for a report of a deceased male.
Gary D. Cook, 62, was discovered by a maintenance crew who had entered the apartment Tuesday morning to conduct routine maintenance service for the apartment complex.
The sheriff's office contacted the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Culpeper Field Office in regards to investigating the circumstances surrounding the unattended death.
The remains will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Manassas for autopsy and examination, which will take place Sept. 12, 2012. The investigation remains ongoing at this time.