Fire claims life of local musician; authorities investigating as suspicious death

December 6, 2021
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A residential structure fire claimed the life of local musician Edward Bruce (EB)Mears of Oak Hall Saturday night.

The Virginia State Police is investigating a number of suspicious fires on the Eastern Shore after a man was found dead inside his burning home Saturday night.

According to police, at about 9:27 p.m., state police and the New Church Fire Department responded to a fire in the 6000 block of Lankford Highway north of Oak Hall.  The fire department discovered that the resident, 62-year-old Edward Bruce Mears Jr., was still inside the home, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation is being handled as a suspicious death, possible homicide and arson investigation.

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The Virginia State Police is reaching out to the community for any witnesses in the area of Lankford Highway in Oak Hall, or in the vicinity of the area prior to, or after the incident, who may have possible information.

Anyone with information and/or witnessed suspicious behavior are encouraged to contact the Virginia State Police at (757) 424-6800 or at [email protected].

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