Texas man’s body found in Shenandoah County

Police say man may have died as a result of exposure
Shenandoah County authorities located the lifeless body of a Texas man Sunday morning after his vehicle was reported abandoned late Thursday on Wolf Gap Road about a mile from the West Virginia state line.

The man was identified as Travis Adam Henrichsen, 26, of Austin.

Capt. Wesley Dellinger, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, said a preliminary investigation indicated that Henrichsen died of exposure after leaving his car. The body has been sent to the Office of the State Medical Examiner in Manassas for determination of an official cause of death.

Dellinger said Henrichsen’s body was found at 10:45 a.m. Sunday about 200 yards from his car. Dellinger said Henrichsen had several small cuts to his face, possibly from a fall in rugged terrain.

The area where the body was found is a popular recreational area for hiking, rappelling and camping, and visitors from out of state are common.

“People have been known to get lost in that area,” Dellinger said. “We have had several searches in that area over the years.”

Dellinger said Henrichsen was found wearing clothing unsuited for the subfreezing temperatures prevalent in the area during the last week.

Dellinger said sheriff’s deputies were sent to investigate Henrichsen’s car in a parking area Thursday after someone reported it was abandoned.

The vehicle’s license plates were matched with Henrichsen through an automated check with Texas law enforcement agencies. Dellinger said Henrichsen’s family had earlier contacted Texas authorities and asked them to check on his well-being. Texas authorities notified the Sheriff’s Office of the Henrichsen family’s concerns early Friday morning, Dellinger said.

Deputies returned to the area to search for Henrichsen on Saturday morning and found a backpack belonging to him. His body was discovered the next morning.

Rescue crew members from the Conicville and the Orkney-Basye squads, and members of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management participated in the search. Trained search dogs from the Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management also helped with the search.

<p id=’reporter_info’>Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or <a href=’mailto:jbeck@nvdaily.com’>jbeck@nvdaily.com</a></p>

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