Warren County authorities found the body of a deceased man near a boat landing in Front Royal on Saturday.
Investigators do not suspect the man died as a result of foul play, according to information in a media release issued Monday by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office received a call from a resident shortly after 12:30 p.m. Saturday about a badly decomposed body found inside a shed near the boat landing in the 700 block of Luray Avenue in town, the release states. Sheriff’s Office investigators arrived at the scene and spoke with the caller and with the property owner.
Investigators determined that the caller went to the location in the hopes of finding an acquaintance from the Front Royal Thermal Shelter not seen since late August. They believed the man had been going through rehabilitation for alcohol abuse, the release states. Investigators then determined the man sought by the caller had been living in the shed, which contained alcoholic beverage bottles and personal items, the release notes.
Investigators could not immediately identify the badly decomposed body. But a tattoo and a collection of personal identification items, medications and bills, and an expired Virginia driver’s license coincided with information witnesses provided about the missing person, the release states.
Authorities have taken the body to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for further examination.
The release states that, based on the evidence at the scene, the person’s history of alcoholism and medical problems, the Sheriff’s Office believes the death did not involve foul play. The cause of death is pending and the Sheriff’s Office is withholding the person’s name pending the results and notification of the family.
Anyone having additional information is asked to contact Investigator Jeremy Seabright at 540-635-4128.