Body found in Smith River in Henry County

Published: Oct. 29, 2020 at 1:45 PM EDT
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HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - No cause of death has been determined for a male whose body was pulled from the Smith River Thursday morning.

The body was found by a passerby in the Fieldale Park area.

The caller first observed the body floating under the bridge located at Daniels Creek Rd. and River Rd. The caller followed the body until it became entangled in a tree alongside River Rd.

The body was recovered from the river by an off-duty Patrick County Auxiliary Deputy and swift-water rescue teams from the Ridgeway District Rescue Squad and Fieldale Volunteer Fire Department.

The circumstances of how the body got into the river remain under investigation. The body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the Western District of Virginia for identification and an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry told WDBJ7 the body appeared to have been in the water at least 24 hours.

The person has not been identified, but was wearing black sweat pants and a t-shirt.

Investigators are also looking into an empty car found submerged in the river near where the body was found.

Anyone with information that might help the investigation is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at (276) 638-8751 or Crimestoppers at 63-CRIME (632-7463). The Crimestoppers Program offers up to $2,500.00 for information related to crime.

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