BUENA VISTA, Va. (WFXR) — Almost a year after the Buena Vista man went missing, Chad Austin’s family can finally prepare to lay him to rest after police announced the positive identification of his skeletal remains from the Panther Falls area on Monday.
According to Chad’s obituary from Friday, May 22, instead of flowers, people can donate to an account in David and Ellen Austin’s name at Carter Bank & Trust at 116 East Midland Trail in Lexington, which will be open for donations to “Be a Tree” in Chad’s honor at the Green Hill Cemetery Mausoleum. Through this program, the obituary says a special tree will be planted at a later date to live and grow in Chad’s memory.
Arrangements for a private memorial service — which will be held at a later time — are reportedly being handled by Bolling, Grose, and Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
As of Monday, May 18, Virginia State Police say Chad’s death is being treated as a homicide investigation.
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