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Police ID man found deceased in car Tuesday evening

UPDATED March 15, 10:40 a.m.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that their investigation into the  death of a Virginia man on Tuesday, March 13 leads them to believe the man died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.  His body was discovered Tuesday evening in a vehicle in Great Cacapon. The man was identified by police Wednesday morning as Christian J. Griffin, 58, of Winchester, Va. Police said Griffin was found by a local resident around 7 p.m. on March 13. He was in a vehicle parked at the public access area under the bridge leading into Great Cacapon.

According to Sheriff K.C. Bohrer, the person who discovered Griffin’s body reporting seeing a vehicle parked under the bridge on Monday evening, and then again on Tuesday morning and evening as they returned from work. After seeing that the vehicle was parked in the same location on Tuesday evening, the person went to the access area to check the vehicle and found Griffin, then called police. Bohrer said Thursday morning that police believe Griffin was alive on Tuesday morning.

Griffin has been listed as a member of the Virgina State Bar working as an attorney in Winchester, Va.

Bohrer said police have not yet found a tie between Griffin and the Great Cacapon area. The investigation has been led by Sgt. Wade Shambaugh.

Police released a statement on Tuesday evening that there was no threat to the public and they didn’t believe there was a suspect at large connected to the death. The Sheriff has now confirmed the case is being treated as an apparent suicide,  and that police recovered a note supporting that theory at Griffin’s home in the Winchester area.




  1. Ralanda campbell on March 14, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    I have known Christian for a long time , I found this out an hour ago. I am so hurt I don’t believe one minute that Christian would have harmed him self, I just want to wake up tomorrow and this be a bad dream. He has always been there when I needed him.

    • Ursula king on March 16, 2018 at 7:49 am

      He had been struggling with many ailments. It is hard to believe, but sometimes pain, and depression can take down the strongest of people. He will be missed. What a great person to have had the pleasure to know. I pray for his family that it was not self inflicted, but if it was so I pray that they get healing and peace quickly. That is a horrible thing to live with. RIP mr. Griffin. You will be missed.

  2. Steven Larrabee on January 2, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    I was sorry to read this. Christian attended his first year of law school, 1974-1985, at Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi before transferring to McGeorge Law School in Sacramento. He was my roommate at Mississippi Law School while I was there from August -December 1984. I had no contact with him since, and only knew he had returned to Virginia, where he was from, after graduating from McGeorge. I was quick saddened to hear of this story of his passing.

  3. Steven Larrabee on January 2, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    Correction to my last note. Christian attended law school in Mississippi from 1984-1985. My apologies for the error.

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