Family: Missing man’s body found in James River

Family: Missing man’s body found in James River

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Family said the body of a missing Richmond man was found in the James River on Monday.

Jones’ 61st birthday was yesterday. The very next day, authorities found his body in the James.

"A lot of people looking distressed,” said Syded Kamal, who frequents the river.

He and others watched in disbelief.

"Quite a few police cars up by The Boathouse and police drove down the trail. Usually vehicles can't drive here and an officer drove down the trail down here. We didn't know what was going on,” Thomas Johnson said.

Relatives of Jones gathered at the river after they said they identified their loved one’s body Monday afternoon.

Family said when he finished his late night shift Tuesday night or Wednesday morning last week, he did what he usually does, called a ride-sharing service to get home. Only, he never arrived.

Family told police it was out of character for him not to return home.

Police said the body was found near the Rocketts Landing area around 12:23 p.m. and confirmed later Monday evening the body is that of Jones. Authorities are not yet saying whether they suspect foul play.

Both Richmond and Henrico police were expected to remain on the scene through the afternoon.

The Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.

If you have any information about this incident, call Major Crimes Detective Thompson at (804) 646-3925 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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