Skeletal remains of man found in Giles County

Updated: May. 20, 2021 at 11:10 AM EDT
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GILES COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - The Giles County Sheriff’s Office is looking for information that might help identify human remains found in the area of Shumate Falls in Glen Lyn.

A group of fishermen found the skeletal remains May 16, 2021 on the bank of the New River near the West Virginia border.

“It’s a difficult case, because we have no person that we know is a victim, we have no suspect. We don’t know,” Sheriff W. Morgan Millirons said. “You just don’t know where it came from, why it’s here or what happened to the person.”

The news came as a shock to the Ervins, who were out enjoying the weather Thursday near where the human remains were found over the weekend.

“I hadn’t heard anything about it,” Dale Ervin said. “Stuff don’t happen like that around here, you know?”

The Ervins said it won’t deter them from returning to the banks of the New River.

“I’m a woman, I guess I’d be a little cautious, but I’d want some protection maybe the next time we come. You just never know,” Tammy Ervin said. “If I thought there was a body down here I would not have been down here playing in that water today, no way.”

The Medical Examiner’s Office believes the remains to be those of a white man, possibly in the age range of 40-60. Investigators believe the man died within the past year. A pair of high-top Under Armour shoes was found near the remains.

Investigators have contacted several jurisdictions about missing persons reports, but no information has matched so far. Anyone with information that may help identify the person is asked to call 540-921-3842.

“Sometimes they may not think something’s important and it actually is,” Millirons said. “We’re hoping somebody has some DNA that will help us with this.”

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