Police identify man found dead in Henrico creek

Investigation underway after man found dead in creek

HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) - The Henrico County Police Department says a 36-year-old man was found dead in a creek on Wednesday, June 12.

Police identified the man as David K. Beman, of Richmond, on June 21.

A death investigation is underway.
A death investigation is underway.

A sizable crowd gathered at the scene last week by the Walmart on Nine Mile road and Fairfield Middle School.

Witnesses say they were told by police officials at the time that the body was too badly decomposed to make out the race of the person.

It was a scene that's anything but usual.

"It’s just scary,” Cathy Abell said.

A death investigation is underway.
A death investigation is underway.

News spread quickly on June 12 evening.

"I got a 12 News alert that said there was a body found in the creek,” Nikki Gunter said.

"I was at home and my phone went off. When I looked at it, it said a body was found in the creek,” Joseph Brown said.

Around 3:30 p.m. June 12, someone discovered a body and called police.

"The water is so shallow right there so it makes sense that you’ll be able to spot a body there,” Kirvell Alexander said of the creek next to Fairfield Middle School.

"Which is more scary because there’s a bunch of kids around. Now they’re going to be aware to the aroma, the news surrounding it, may scare them a little bit,” he said.

The pungent odor greeted spectators as authorities surrounded the scene.

"It’s pretty strong so apparently the body has been there for some time … It’s some kind of tragedy. I don’t know if it’s foul play or what,” Joseph Brown said.

Police didn’t reveal details at the time, only saying that a criminal investigations unit was hard at work.

"I was thinking somebody dumped the body, that the body was dumped over here,” Gunter added.

Speculation that’s only that until authorities update a community left with so many questions.

“What would somebody be doing just down there in a creek like that?” Alexander asked.

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