Richmond Police are working to identify a body found Thursday afternoon in Ancarrow's Landing near the Slave Trail.
Chesterfield Police and the FBI were on the scene, which could be important. Police say the body was found by a city worker who was in the area, saw a man down and unresponsive and called police.
Where the body was found could be very important. It was at the entrance to the trail - an area police say sees a decent amount of activity from people using the river every day, which makes it hard to believe the body could have been there for any length of time.
Police do confirm that the man's body was decomposed. Though, right now they won't say what he may have been wearing or whether there were any signs of trauma.
They say at this point, police can't positively tell us what race the person was. Here's why that might be useful information - Paresh Patel, who is Indian, is recently missing out of Chesterfield, after being abducted last week.
"What I've been told is there's a missing person out of Chesterfield and if a jurisdiction nearby has a missing person, it's standard to call in those detectives just to take a look," said James Mercante, a spokesperson for the Richmond Police Department.
Chesterfield Police were on the scene for much of the night. So was the FBI, which is often called in when the case may include elements crossing state lines. Meanwhile, police say the medical examiner will work to figure out how the person died and police will work to figure out who he is.
"From there, we'll try to put together some sort of scenario to what happened and how and why and by whom," said Mercante.
They're answers that may take some time and will undoubtedly lead to more questions.
Again- the body has not been identified.
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