Elderly man’s body found in Philpott Lake


FRANKILIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – A man’s body was found in a lake after his family reported him missing.

73-year-old Coleman Lewis Haley was found dead in Philpott Lake, not far from his boat.

On Monday morning, Hale left around 6:30am to go fishing and he never returned. On Tuesday morning, his family called police and reported him missing.

Around 12:00 p.m, his truck was located about two miles down the road from Ryan’s Branch dock.

Members of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin County Department of Public Safety, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Patrick County Sheriff’s Office, Philpott Lake Corps of Engineers and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries began a search of the area and the water.

His body was found about 6 hours later. Police do not expect foul play.

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