SALEM, Va. -


Salem police have confirmed that the body was that of 54-year-old Edward S. Clark, Junior. 

Mr. Clark was reported missing over the weekend. 

He disappeared last Thursday while doing yard work at his home.

There was flooding that day, and police say Clark may have gotten swept away by the high water.


A man's body is at the State Medical Examiner's Office after Salem police and fire fighters found it in a local creek.

A search team found the body late Monday afternoon near McClelland Street and 4th Street.

Police don't think the man was a victim of any crimes.

In fact, they believe it may be the body of a man reported missing over the weekend.

Officers started looking for Edward Clark Junior on Sunday.

He disappeared Thursday while doing yard work at his home which is on that creek about a mile upstream.

There was flooding that day, and police think Clark may have gotten swept away by the high water.

Here is the official press release from the City of Salem:

The Salem Police Department is conducting a death investigation after officers discovered the body of an adult white male Monday afternoon at approximately 3:30 p.m.

The body was found near the 500 block of McClelland Street submerged in a nearby creek.

At this point in the investigation, it does not appear that this person was a victim of a crime.

The discovery of the body was made as officers investigated a 54-year-old male, who was reported missing on Sunday, July 7, by his family members.

Police began their search on Sunday afternoon and canvassed a large area along the stream until dark that evening.

They were then joined on Monday by members of the Salem Fire and EMS Department, including the Swift Water Rescue team, before the body was discovered late yesterday afternoon.

Indications are that the body is that of the missing person, Edward S. Clark, Jr. of Salem.

Clark was last seen performing yard work at his Salem residence in the 900 block of Academy Street on July 4, when he apparently was caught-up in the storm-swollen stream that flows behind his residence.

At this time, a positive identification of the deceased has not been made.

The body has been transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office where further testing can be conducted.

The Medical Examiner’s Office will ultimately determine the cause of death based upon its findings in conjunction with the Salem Police Department’s investigation.