Authorities continue to investigate the possible drowning of a man found in the Shenandoah River in Warren County on Thursday.
Warren County emergency dispatchers received a call at 6:13 p.m. for a missing 72-year-old man from 938 Misty Meadow Lane in the Bentonville area, according to a media release issued Friday by the Department of Fire and Rescue Services. Fire officials have called the incident a drowning. Chief Richard Mabie referred to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office for information on the victim’s identity.
“We turned it over to them once the body was recovered, so it became a Sheriff’s Office issue with their death investigations,” Mabie said.
The Sheriff’s Office did not return a call seeking comment on the investigation and the name of the victim.
The property borders the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. The man was reported missing with strong suspicion he might have fallen into the river, according to the release.
Fire and rescue crews, including boating teams from around the area, and the Sheriff’s Office responded to the call and arrived on the scene. They determined the missing man did fall into the river and responders began a water search.
Responders discovered the man about an hour into the search and firefighters removed his body from the river at approximately 7:25 p.m. However, he could have been in the river longer than an hour.
“Our medic who was there determined that it wasn’t feasible (to attempt to revive the victim),” Mabie said.
The man was last seen between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., Mabie said. The man drove a golf cart down to the riverside on the property some distance away from the home, Mabie said. The man had a disability and used a cane to walk, the chief added.
Anyone with information about the incident can contact the Sheriff’s Office at 635-4128.
Information provided by Mabie indicated that the first crews arrived on the scene at 6:23 p.m. Crews from volunteer fire and rescue stations in Warren County and Stephens City responded to the call.