Missing man found dead inside pickup along Blue Ridge Parkway

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NELSON COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Members of the U.S. Park Service found the body of a missing man in a pickup on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Nelson County on Monday.

According to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, an elderly Brightwood man named James “Jimmy” Jenkins was last seen on Tuesday, Feb. 4 and reported missing on Thursday, Feb. 6. Authorities said his pickup was not at his residence and he was in need of medication.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office posted on Friday, Feb. 14 that an aircraft from the Virginia State Police and a group of professional drone operators had conducted aerial searches for Jenkins after receiving tips from Luray, Page County, Spotsylvania County, and Chesapeake.

On Monday, Feb. 17, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office announced that deputies had been notified by the U.S. Park Service at 5:54 p.m. about the discovery of a deceased man — identified as Jenkins — inside a blue pickup that had gone over an embankment at mile marker 23 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

“The Madison County Sheriff’s Office would like to express our heartfelt sympathy to the Jenkins family, please keep them in your thoughts and prayers,” Sheriff Erik J. Weaver says. “We would also like to thank the public for your assistance in searching for Mr. James ‘Jimmy’ Jenkins.”


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