The man who was found dead Monday night in Clifton Forge has been identified by police.

Norman Craft was found dead in the Jackson River on Monday night. He was 60.

Craft’s brother reported him missing Thursday. Investigators searched for Craft throughout the weekend, Clifton Forge Police Chief Barry Balser said. Craft’s family told Balser that it was not uncommon for him to go missing for days at a time.

There are no signs of foul play.

According to Balser, Craft was seen on surveillance video Wednesday at a local store. In the video, Craft was wearing a winter hat. Investigators found the hat Monday near a swinging bridge that was a shortcut from Craft’s neighborhood to the downtown area. The bridge has been closed for several months because of repairs. However, Craft was known to go around the barricades and use the bridge, according to Balser.
After finding the hat, investigators decided to call in a Virginia State Police helicopter to help with the search. However, the helicopter did not find anything.

On Monday night a family going for a hike saw a shirt in the Jackson River and called police. Swift water teams were called out and found Craft’s body.

The body was sent to the medical examiner’s office in Roanoke to determine a cause of death.


WDBJ7 has learned that a family was walking and discovered the body in the Jackson River around 7 p.m. Monday night.

Clifton Forge Police tell us they are working to notify family members before releasing the person's name.

Investigators are working to figure out how the person died.

The body has been sent to the medical examiner's office.


A body has been found in Clifton Forge.

Clifton Forge Police tell WDBJ7 they're in the process of identifying the person and figuring out how they died.

Stay with WDBJ7 for the latest on this developing story.