An abduction case is now being investigated as a homicide. Its crushing news loved ones didn't want to hear. A body found in the parking lot of Ancarrow's Landing in Richmond is that of 44-year-old Paresh Patel.
The discovery was made Thursday afternoon by a city worker. Today, police confirmed the identity. Patel went missing a little more than a week ago.
Police say Patel was abducted early Sunday morning outside of his business -- the RaceWay store on Jefferson Davis Highway in Chesterfield. The discovery of Patel's body raises many more questions...including how he ended up here, who's responsible for, and what led to his death.
The start of a makeshift memorial sits at the front door of the RaceWay store. A sign on the door indicates the interior of the store is closed.
Right now, Richmond and Chesterfield police departments, along with the FBI are working together to get answers. Today, Richmond police called the case, "extremely sensitive" but wouldn't elaborate.
Patel's family has understandably declined to speak with the media throughout this ordeal. Friends at Patel's place of worship describe him as an honest hard-working man -- who's been a member of their congregation for 20 years. They say they're praying for Patel's family and are asking the public to do the same.
Members at Patel's place of worship say they don't know who would want to harm Patel.
A cause of death has not been released. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Richmond Police Department or Crime Solvers at 748-0660.
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