HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - A Hopewell taxi driver found in a burned minivan in August has been ruled a homicide by the Medical Examiner.
James M. Wells, 26, died as a result of acute thermal and inhalation injury, according to the report. The Navy veteran's was working his shift as a taxi driver when he picked up a passenger in Hopewell around 12:30 a.m. on August 9 for a trip to Mechanicsville. No one could get in touch with him for hours, causing family and authorities to get concerned. Deputies found a burned minivan with a body inside near the Richmond National Battlefield Park at Gaines Mill the next morning.
Investigators believe Wells made it to the area of Cold Harbor Road and Stonewall Parkway in Mechanicsville before he was killed. Authorities ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.