Authorities in Virginia are asking for help from the public to figure out who a body found earlier this year belongs to.
The body of a Black male, believed to be between the ages of 16 and 26, was discovered in a Williamsburg retention pond last month, according to the James City County Police Department (JCCPD). However, the JCCPD has not yet been able to identify the deceased.
On January 25, at about 9:45 a.m., it was discovered.
“The decedent was discovered in a retention pond on January 25. The JCCPD is asking for help from the public in identifying the body. According to the investigation, the decedent was in the retention pond for at least two weeks. Since the investigation is still going on, anyone who knows something is asked to come forward, the JCCPD said.
According to the police, the body is about 5’9″ tall and weighs between 160 and 185 lbs. The person had brown eyes and black hair.
No more anomalies or distinguishing characteristics could be found, according to James County police.
The person was wearing a medium-sized black shirt with a “Berret’s Taphouse Grill” logo, a black Nike hooded sweatshirt, and a silver chain necklace, according to the description given by officials.
On the morning of January 25, a pedestrian discovered the body close to the 5000 block of Olive Drive and phoned the police.
The body was found and taken to the Medical Examiners’ Office in Norfolk by James City County Police and Fire.
The cause of the person’s passing was not disclosed. This is a “suspicious death inquiry,” according to officials.
Investigator Logan English can be reached at 757-592-6518 or by email at [email protected] for anyone with information on the crime. Additionally, tips can be provided online at p3tips.com or by calling the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
Authorities are willing to pay up to $1,000 for information that helps them figure out who the dead person was.