Carolyn Cross, the deputy director of operations for Washington D.C.'s Department of Corrections, was found slain on Sunday morning, The Washington Post reported. She was 64.
Cross' body was discovered about 8 a.m. in her 5th floor apartment in Alexandria, Va.
Dawit Seyoum, 29, has been charged with first degree murder in the case, police stated. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.
No motive for the slaying has been released.
According Thomas Faust, director of the Corrections Department, Cross worked in corrections for more than 35 years and had previously served as the warden at the Lorton complex in Virginia. Although Cross had retired, she returned to the department three years ago when Faust took over, NBC Washington reported.
Cross also served as a board member for Voices For a Second Chance, an organization that helps bridge the gap between incarceration and the community.
The DC Office of Human Rights took to Twitter to share condolences for Cross' death.
Very sad to hear about death of #DC Dept of Corrections Dep. Dir. Carolyn Cross. Our hearts go out to the family, and to the staff of DOC.
— DCOfficeHumanRights (@DCHumanRights) September 8, 2014
Anyone with information about this case should call Alexandria Police Department Sgt. Michael Kochis at (703) 746-6285.