Suspect in Rockbridge County manhunt dies

ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY, Va. – The 38-year-old at the center of a manhunt in Rockbridge County on Monday has died.

Alberto Jose Cornejo-Alvarez, who was living in Staunton, died at about 9 p.m. at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital.

At this time, his death is believed to be hypothermia related.

A final determination will be made by the chief medical examiner once the investigation has been completed.


Authorities found the suspect they were searching for, who is now in custody, according to the Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office.

Earlier today, law enforcement officers with the Skyline Drug Task Force were trying to locate and arrest a fugitive wanted on multiple felonies and misdemeanors out of three different jurisdictions, according to the Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office.

When the law enforcement officers and Rockbridge deputies located the fugitive, the suspect ran away, through Mill Creek, and holed up in a culvert pipe that Mill Creek flows through.

Deputies had information at the time that the fugitive was armed, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies attempted to convince the fugitive to exit the pipe, but the suspect refused to cooperate.

During the two-hour standoff, deputies continued to attempt to persuade the fugitive to surrender and exit the pipe.

Authorities said the fugitive was observed moving within the pipe throughout the standoff. Once movement was no longer detected, deputies immediately entered the pipe in an attempt to rescue the fugitive from the cold water.

Deputies removed the fugitive from the pipe and began life-saving measures and was taken to Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital for medical treatment.

The fugitive’s identity is not being released at this time pending notification to his/her family.


Law enforcement officers are searching for an armed person in Rockbridge County.

People are being asked to avoid North Lee Highway in the Timber Ridge area as a search is underway for a subject that ran away, according to Rockbridge County Fire-Rescue & Emergency Management.

Those living in the area are asked to remain inside with the doors locked.

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