Family gathers in memory of Chad Austin on what would have been his 33rd birthday

Roanoke Valley News

BUENA VISTA, Va. (WFXR) — The family of Chad Hunter Austin — the Buena Vista man whose remains were discovered in Amherst County in 2020 — is honoring his memory Friday for what would have been his 33rd birthday.

Friday, Oct. 22 marks a significant birthday benchmark for the family since ’33’ was also Austin’s football jersey number when on the field for the Parry McCluer High School Fighting Blues.

Austin’s remains were found in the Panther Falls area of Amherst County in March 2020 after he was reported missing in May 2019.

His death was ruled a homicide, and the investigation is ongoing.

His family shares with WFXR News that he was team captain and a great running back of the Parry McCluer football team, tallying 1,000 yards during his high school football career.

He proved his dedication to his team and love for football by reaching his 1,000th yard in his last play in his senior year while wearing a fitted brace!

A previous injury to his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) had left him benched earlier in the season, but he asked his doctors and coach to put him in the game — leading to a heartfelt moment for Austin and those cheering from the stands.

Austin’s family is asking others to join them in remembering their son by posting comments and memories to his Facebook page at

If you think you may have any information related to Austin’s case, you are urged to call the Virginia State Police at 540-375-9589 or email at

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