Self-inflicted cuts contributed to death of man found

Authorities have tentatively concluded that a man from Texas who was found dead in a recreational area in Shenandoah County on Jan. 11 died from a combination of self-inflicted cuts and exposure to sub-freezing temperatures.

Capt. Wesley Dellinger of the Sheriff’s Office said Travis Adam Henrichsen, 26, of Austin, ventured far from his home and walked away from his car in inhospitable weather for unknown reasons.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office found Henrichsen’s body about 200 yards from his car on Little North Mountain. He was wearing sweat pants, a T-shirt and a medium-weight jacket, Dellinger said.

Authorities at first cited exposure as the main reason for Henrichsen’s death. Dellinger initially attributed cuts on his face to a possible fall in rugged terrain. But the Sheriff’s Office, working with a search dog, later found what Dellinger described as “a cutting instrument” in the area.

“It was a combination of temperatures that week and the cuts,” Dellinger said of the factors that caused Henrichsen’s death.

Dellinger said Henrichsen’s family had traveled from Texas to Woodstock to meet with deputies after Henrichsen’s death.

Dellinger said authorities do not know of any mental or physical disorders afflicting Henrichsen.

Dellinger also said Henrichsen did not appear to have any friends or family members living in this area.

The Sheriff’s Office is awaiting a final report from the medical examiner’s office on the cause of death, Dellinger said.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com