UPDATE: Body believed to be missing Franklin County man found in wooded area; passerby contacts authorities

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UPDATE 10:52 A.M.: A passerby contacted the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office who said he drove Keith Perdue home.

The sheriff’s office have released the following statement:

“Yesterday’s presence of law enforcement and Crime Scene vehicles alerted a passerby to call into the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. The passerby, who does not live in the area but frequents Muddy Fork Road to visit family, contacted investigators to inform them that he had assisted Mr. Perdue back to that home weeks ago after a vehicle accident. That witness stated that Mr. Perdue claimed his brakes had gone out and he needed a ride home. Mr. Perdue did not show any signs of impairment or injuries from the accident, according to this witness. The witness drove Mr. Perdue to his home, returned to the vehicle to get his house keys, took the house keys back to Mr. Perdue, and exited the driveway once Mr. Perdue entered his home.

Investigators do not suspect foul play in Mr. Perdue’s death. Results from the Medical Examiner’s office is pending. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Franklin County Public Safety, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, and the Rocky Mount Police Department for their assistance in the search efforts for Mr. Perdue.”

Statement from Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The search for a missing Franklin County man ended Sunday afternoon after the body of a deceased male was found in a wooded area near the home of the missing man.

Keith Perdue was reported missing on Friday, Feb. 14 by a relative who had been unable to contact him for the past two weeks.  He was last seen on Feb. 2 at a Walmart in Rocky Mount.

Search efforts began on Feb. 15 in attempts to locate Perdue.

Agencies involved in the search efforts included the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin County Public Safety, and the Rocky Mount Police Department.

On Feb. 23, search efforts continued throughout the day until the body believed to be Perdue was found by multiple agencies.

Authorities say identification cards matching Perdue were located inside the clothing of the body.

No foul is suspected at this time and autopsy results are pending from the Roanoke County Medical Examiner’s office.

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