03/14/2019 Release from the Augusta County Sheriff's Office:

This release is an update to the Media Release that was generated on March 11, 2019.

The inmate who was found unresponsive at MRRJ [Middle River Regional Jail] has been identified as 36-year-old Joseph Emery Moore of Lyndhurst, Virginia. Mr. Moore passed away during the afternoon hours of March 11, 2019, at the University of Virginia Hospital [sic].

“Although this is an extremely unfortunate incident, the actions by the officers at Middle River Regional Jail were in accordance with policy/procedures. Their quick actions and attempts to revive Mr. Moore are commendable,” said Sheriff Donald Smith.

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is investigating this incident as a suicide; however, the case will not be closed until the Office of the Medical Examiner concludes its investigation.