UPDATE: Dead man pulled from Smith River near Fieldale; sheriff’s office says it appears his body was in water for more than 24 hours

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UPDATE 4:46 P.M.: The Henry County Sheriff’s Office said the local 911 call center received a call from a driver who said they saw a man floating face down in the Smith River Thursday morning.

According to the call — which the sheriff’s office received at 11:13 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 — the driver said the man’s body was floating under a bridge at Daniels Creek and River Roads. The caller followed the body until it was tangled in a tree along River Road.

The body was recovered by an off-duty Patrick County Auxiliary Deputy and a swift-water rescue team from the Ridgeway District Rescue Squad and Fieldale Volunteer Fire Department. The dead man is believed to be white wearing black sweat pants and a t-shirt.

The sheriff’s office says the body had been in the river for more than 24 hours. How the man died and ended up in the water is still under investigation.

The body has been taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the Western District of Virginia for positive identification and an autopsy.

If you have any information about this incident, call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at (276) 638-8751.

ORIGINAL POST:
HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — As flooding spreads throughout southwest Virginia while remnants of Hurricane Zeta move through the area Thursday morning, one person has reportedly died following a water incident in Henry County.

According to BTW21, first responders were called to the Fieldale community of Henry County shortly before 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, after a person was pulled from the Smith River unresponsive.

BTW21 says that person has since died, according to the 911 center.

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