Investigation continues into murder of Shenandoah County woman

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SHENANDOAH COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — An Edinburg man was taken into custody after a woman was stabbed to death on Saturday.

David Knott | RSW Regional Jail

David Knott, 55, is charged with second-degree murder of Cynthia Dellinger, according to Sgt. B. Coffey with Virginia State Police.

The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call at a home on Dellinger Acres Road shortly before 3 p.m. on Saturday, west of Mount Jackson. Deputies found Dellinger, 63, suffering from multiple stab wounds.

Dellinger was taken to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, where she died from her injuries.

The initial call came in for a medical emergency, but deputies quickly determined an assault had occurred.

In a release, police said a "person of interest" had been identified later in the evening. Shenandoah County deputies, who knew the victim as the mother of one of their staff, reached out to the Virginia State Police and asked them to carry out the criminal investigation.

Knott is being held at RSW Regional Jail without bond.

He has a criminal history including a reported attack with a chainsaw and an ATV in 2017.

The Culpeper Field Office of Virginia State Police is investigating the murder, and they say there is no danger to the public.

Police are not releasing information about the connection between Dellinger and Knott; however, public records show Dellinger owned the property where Knott resided in 2017.

Dellinger was remembered by WSVA Radio, where she once worked as a reporter and anchor.

"She was just one of those people that you knew would be a success no matter what she did," said WSVA's Mike Schikman. "When I found out Sunday night what happened, I was devastated."

She was also remembered by the Page County Sheriff's Office, where her son, Captain Wes Dellinger, formerly worked as a deputy; and the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office, where Cpt. Wes Dellinger now works.

On Monday, Delegate Todd Gilbert of Shenandoah County adjourned the House of Delegates in Richmond in her honor.