Virginia State Police investigating suspicious death of a Western State Hospital patient www.privateofficer.com
STAUNTON VAMarch 25 2012 — Virginia State Police are investigating the suspicious death of a Western State Hospital patient who died earlier this month, several days after being physically restrained by staff from the Staunton psychiatric facility, according to a search warrant filed in Augusta County Circuit Court.
Alfred “Billy” Rowe III, of Staunton, was 46 years old when he died March 11.
A preliminary autopsy listed Rowe’s cause of death as anoxic brain injury — a lack of oxygen to the brain.
Police say that they are investigating this incident because it occurred in a state facility.