The devastated son of a woman found face down and dead in her bathtub is desperate to uncover answers that will lead to his mother’s killer.
Police discovered 53-year-old Suzanne Fairman unresponsive in her Richmond home during a welfare check Thursday night. She was supposed to travel to Florida, but she never arrived at her destination, according to authorities.
When officers with the Richmond police department arrived on the scene, the water of the bathtub was still running and they discovered a bloody knife sitting on a nearby counter. The medical examiner’s office on Monday said her official cause of death was asphyxia and classified the case a homicide.
Her son, Scott Fairman, who is a sergeant in the North Carolina Air National Guard, returned from duty so he could get to his mother’s house on time for Mother’s Day.
“Nobody can believe this is real,” her son, Scott Fairman told CBS 6. “And the more I think about it the less real it is, because this cannot happen to such a wonderful soul.”
Fairman worked as an operational administrator at the Virginia Commonwealth University’s academic learning transformation lab. Scott remember her as an “incredible grandmother” and a “phenomenal mother,” who would lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
“She would give even if she had nothing to give,” he added.
Shortly after her death, police released a photo in hopes that it would “prompt people to come forward with any information.”
“Any information, no matter how small the detail may be, could assist in solving this case,” Major Crimes Capt. James Laino said in a statement to the Richmond-Dispatch.
Scott similarly called on the community to come forward with tips and information regarding his mother’s murder.
“Yes, this is a horrible crime, but it does not do her justice sugar-coating everything,” he told the news station. “Every little bit of information is vital to every part of this – even if people think this is irrelevant.”
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Major Crimes Detective J. Baynes at 804-646-3617 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.