Body of Army veteran found in parking lot of Goochland apartment complex

Published: Apr. 17, 2017 at 11:50 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 17, 2017 at 2:06 PM EDT
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GOOCHLAND, VA (WWBT) - The Goochland County Sheriff's Office has identified the Army veteran dead in the middle of an apartment complex parking lot.

Paul Chisholm, 38, was in a wheelchair when he was found outside in the middle of a parking lot in The Retreat apartment complex on Wilkes Ridge Parkway. His mother said he was injured in a crash five years ago that left him paralyzed from the waist down.

"This is a nightmare, [and we're] trying to piece things together," said Paul's mother.

According to the sheriff, Chisholm's body was found around 4:30 a.m. on Monday. A large blood trail was found going from the man's apartment to the other side of the apartment complex. Half of the parking lot was blocked off.

"Subsequently because of that, there were several hundred yards long trail of blood that led to where he was, so this means going piece by piece trying to figure what happened to this man," said Goochland Sheriff James Agnew.

Sheriff Agnew says Chisholm had extensive injuries to his feet, which caused the blood trail. Investigators are still trying to figure out what happened prior to his death.  Agnew does not believe anyone else is in jeopardy, and he says they are not looking for any suspects.

"None of us have ever seen anything like this -- a crime scene as large as it was for one person," he said.

Sheriff Agnew says deputies had contact with Chisholm before when they were called to the apartment complex on Saturday because there was a pool of blood outside Chisholm's apartment.  Agnew says deputies made contact with Chisholm. Deputies say Chisholm was reluctant to talk and said he was getting treatment for his foot and did not ant medical treatment.

Chisholm's body is going to the Medical Examiner's officer to determine the cause of death.

Paul served in the 101st Airborne unit and was injured in Afghanistan where he was medically discharged. His mother said he suffered from PTSD.

Paul's mother also said he took care of his father, who died from colon cancer last June.

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