Sheriff: Cellphone of murdered woman providing clues

WASHINGTON — Phone calls and text messages on 21-year-old Heather Ciccone’s cellphone are yielding valuable clues for Spotsylvania County  detectives investigating her murder, according to investigators.

“With the information off the phone we’re a lot farther down the road than we were a few days ago,” says Captain Jeff Pearce, of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office.

Pearce says investigators actually found Ciccone’s phone shortly after she was discovered Sunday night. slumped over the wheel of her 2010 Kia, in a driveway on Piney Branch Road.

Ciccone was shot once in the back of the head.

“We didn’t announce that we had it, because we wanted to give our detectives time to go through it and follow up on the information on it,” says Pearce.

Family members have said Ciccone had recently received death threats from a young woman.

“We’ve heard about previous threats and we’ve interviewed her several times,” says Pearce. “We’re not ruling her out, but we’re not ruling her in.”

While Pearce says at this point investigators are not naming a suspect or person of interest, “we’re confident we’ll resolve this case.”

Thursday night, dozens of family and friends held a candlelight vigil for Ciccone at Harrison Road Park.

Neal Augenstein

Neal Augenstein has been a reporter at WTOP since 1997. Through the years, Neal has covered many of the crimes and trials that have gripped the region. Neal's been pleased to receive awards over the years for hard news, feature reporting, use of sound and sports.

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