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UPDATE: Hanover homicide victim identified

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HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - UPDATE: Police have identified the victim of Monday night's homicide as Sarajane M. Hakopian of the 17600 block of Beaverdam Road. Investigators are working closely with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (O.C.M.E.) in order to determine an official cause of death. 

Preliminary investigation into this incident indicates that Mallory was Hakopian's boyfriend.

UPDATE: Police arrested someone in connection to the murder of a woman in Hanover — they found their man in Florida!

That man arrested is 42-year-old Brian Mallory.

He was booked into the Jacksonville, Florida sheriff's office jail around 2:37 a.m. Tuesday.

Hanover deputies are on their way there to talk to him as they continue to look into last night's murder.

He's described as a fugitive, charged with grand larceny.

Mallory was arrested driving a 2005 Kia Sedona — Hanover sheriff's deputies had been looking for it in connection to a suspicious death.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The Hanover Sheriff's Office confirms it is investigating a homicide at a home in the 17,600 block of Beaver Dam Road. That's in the Montpelier area of Hanover County.

Authorities say they were called to the home around 5:30 p.m. Monday and found a woman dead. The cause of death has not yet been released, but police say she was murdered and they are actively looking for a suspect.

The Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating the victim's vehicle in connection with this incident. It is a 2005 Kia Sedona Van. The van is green with tan trim and Virginia license plate: XFF-4566.

The vehicle has four stickers attached to it. Example of two of the stickers are located to the right. The two remaining stickers are described as a rainbow sticker and a horse sticker. 

If the vehicle is located, the public is asked to dial 911 and provide the requested information to authorities.

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