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Murder suspect's body found near Va. school

BRISTOW, Va. (WUSA9) -- The body of a man accused of murdering his girlfriend was found near the baseball fields of a Prince William County school Monday.

Police were looking for Edward Everett Hale Jr., 35, of Glen Burnie after his car was found in the parking lot of T. Clay Wood Elementary School in Bristow Monday morning.

Hale shot his girlfriend, Jessica Leigh Wilson, 31, of Bristow, Va., early Sunday morning in the 12700 block of Lednock Way in Bristow, police said.

Neighbor Milt Sharp said he saw Hale and Wilson in Wilson's car having a conversation. A few minutes later, Sharp said he saw Wilson's feet fluttering outside the driver's side and Hale was choking her. Sharp yelled at him and he stopped long enough for Wilson to get out, but she tripped and fell, according to Sharp.


Sharp said Wilson looked at Hale and said, "Ed, don't do it," but Hale fired anyway.

Sharp ran into his house to take cover and call 911. He and his family heard two more shots, then they heard Hale speed away, he said. Sharp raced out to help. When he turned Wilson on her back, Sharp said he saw a gunshot hole in the side of her face. She was gurgling, but could not talk.

"I kneeled down and felt a pulse," said Sharp, and he started performing CPR on Wilson.

Sharp says he knew it was bad, that it looked like Wilson had been shot in the head and face.

"I was talking to Jessica, telling her that she needed to live. She needed to live for her children," Sharp said. He said he performed CPR for about ten minutes before police arrived.

One of Jessica's two children saw Sharp trying to save her mother.

"She was a wonderful young lady," said Sharp.

Sharp, a father of five, said he's no hero. He said he was just doing what he hopes others would do for his family or community.


Prince William County Public Schools officials said that students at T. Clay Wood were transported to Brentsville High School while police conduct their investigation.

Anyone with information relating to the whereabouts of Edward Hale is asked to call Crime Solvers at 703-670-3700 or 1-866-411-TIPS. You don't have to give your name, just the information. You could earn up to a $1,000 cash reward.


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