Martinsville death now classified as suspicious

Published: Feb. 27, 2022 at 11:15 PM EST
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Martinsville Police are now referring to the death of a person found Sunday as suspicious.

The body of a male was found by a passerby in a ditch along Smith Lake Road near Village Street between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., according to Martinsville Police Chief Eddie Cassady. The person has not been identified.

Cassady told WDBJ7 the body had been there “a while,” and the case was being treated as a homicide. Since then, a preliminary autopsy revealed no trauma or wounds to the body, leading police to determine this is a “suspicious” death.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact Lieutenant Sandy Hines at 276-403-5328 or the Martinsville Police Department at 276-403-5300. You can also call the Crime Stoppers line at 276-63-CRIME (276-632-7463).

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