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Decomposing body found in Petersburg near Peabody Middle School

Published: Aug. 12, 2016 at 9:33 PM EDT
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PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Petersburg Police are in the midst of a death investigation after a decomposing body was found in the city Friday.

According to the Petersburg Police chief William Rohde, the body was found in a small patch of woods along South Gillfield Drive, just off Lee Avenue and only a short distance from Peabody Middle School.

At this point, Rohde said they cannot identify the person, but Petersburg investigators are not ruling out that the body could be that of 78-year-old Raymond Carl Parker.

Parker was last seen in July walking away from his home in the 800 block of Commerce Street. At the time, Parker was considered an endangered person in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's Disease.

Petersburg Police said they are in the process of waiting for an official identification of the body.

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