UPDATE 3:32 p.m.: The Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office has shared more details with WFXR News about the man whose body was discovered in a Gretna pond following a report of a crash Wednesday night.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies were called to the 1100 block of Player Road in Gretna around 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6 for a person who was last seen in a nearby pond.

At approximately 10:30 p.m., after first responders conducted an air and water search, officials say a man’s body was found in the pond before being sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death. 

Authorities say they believe the man — later identified as 22-year-old Chance Harris from Hurt — had been in a vehicle crash on a private roadway close to the pond. At this point in the investigation, though, it is unknown how or why Harris got into the pond.



PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — While searching for a person involved in a crash in Gretna Wednesday night, Pittsylvania County first responders ended up discovering a body in a pond.

According to Gretna Fire and Rescue, at approximately 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, crews responded to reports of a vehicle crash with one person injured near a pond on Player Road in Gretna.

When units arrived at the scene, they reportedly learned the vehicle’s occupant was last seen in the pond, so they requested the Pittsylvania County Special Ops Team and the Danville Life Saving Crew Dive Team.

Fire officials say crews searched the area and found the occupant dead in the pond. There is no word on this person’s identity at this time.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the victim,” Gretna Fire and Rescue wrote on Facebook on Thursday, April 7. “We would like to thank the Danville Life Saving Crew Dive Team, Pittsylvania County Special Ops Team, Pittsylvania County Public Safety, Cool Branch Rescue Squad, Gretna Police Dept., Pittsylvania County Sheriffs Office and Virginia State Police for their assistance with this incident.”

Note: The name of the man found dead in the pond was originally reported as Chase Harris instead of Chance Harris. This has since been corrected.