Mike Mueller of Sumerduck asked the public to "pray for the authorities
that God would help the police solve this case and give our family a
measure of closure," in the death of his daughter, Michele Lea Mueller of
Mueller, 24, died Monday morning from injuries she sustained Jan. 26 when
her mother found her unconscious and severely beaten in her Wankoma Village
townhouse. The Fauquier County Sheriff's Office has upgraded its
investigation into the incident, now classifying it as a murder, but no
suspects have yet been arrested. A $10,000 reward is being offered by the
Sheriff's Office for information leading to arrest and indictment.
"I beg the public to pray for the person or persons involved, that they
will accept the responsibility of their crime and that justice will be
served," Mueller said in a written statement during a press conference
Wednesday at the Sheriff's Office.
As 3-and-a-half year old Jordan played in the background, Mueller described
the effect his daughter's death has had on the family, particularly on the
"We only told him last night that his mother has gone to be with Jesus,"
Mueller said. "He knows his mommy is gone and he cries, at night."
Presently, the child is with his mother's parents, but custody could be
given to his natural father, who has played an active role in supporting
and rearing Jordan, according to authorities.
As Mueller described his daughter with tears in his eyes, he called her a
"giving person" who made friends wherever she went.
"Her life was not about money ... she only wanted to make enough to get by
and to help somebody else," Mueller said. "She wasn't a career woman; in
fact, if I had to say anything it would be that Jordan was her career."
The child was not present when his mother was assaulted, having spent the
night with Mueller and his wife, Judy. This was a common practice, since
Jordan caught the bus to Mary Walter Elementary School from their Sumerduck
residence. The boy, who was born with water on his ears and suffers from a
speech impediment, attends classes for the developmentally delayed.
Judy Mueller found her daughter unconscious on the first floor of the
townhouse, after she'd repeatedly failed to get an answer to telephone
calls that morning.
"We're just grateful he (Jordan) was with us and not there at the time,"
Mike Mueller said.
Also present at the press conference was Mary Mueller, the victim's
grandmother, who flew in from Chillocothe, Mo., last week.
"It's been a difficult time, but my faith in God and the knowledge of His
word has seen me through," she said.
The family is a close one that remains active in their church, Mt. Ararat
Baptist Church in Stafford. Faith has allowed them to survive each day,
Mike Mueller said.
"My sense of peace doesn't lie in what law enforcement can do, it rests in
my relationship with God," he said with a tear in his eye. "I pray that law
enforcement will be able to apprehend and bring to justice who was
responsible, but that will not change my conviction that God is in control
of it all. Justice will be served."
The Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff's Office is analyzing
evidence collected at the scene and continuing to follow leads on the
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (540)
347-3300. The line is manned 24 hours a day.