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Police ID Powhatan Body as Jaime Cruz-Avila

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Jaime Cruz-Avila | Photo courtesy Henrico County Police Division Jaime Cruz-Avila | Photo courtesy Henrico County Police Division

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—On Wednesday morning, the Henrico County Police Division confirmed that the body discovered at Watkins Landing boat ramp in Powhatan is that of 24-year-old Jaime Cruz-Avila, who went missing earlier this month.

Police are now treating Cruz-Avila's death as a homicide. The Henrico County Police Division is working with the Powhatan Sheriff's Office on the investigation.

Anyone with information about Cruz-Avila's death is asked to contact Henrico Police at 804-501-5000 or Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—A body discovered in Powhatan could be that of a missing Henrico County man; the Henrico County Police Division is now working with the Powhatan Sheriff's Office on a death investigation.

A body has been discovered at Watkins Landing boat ramp in Powhatan, near where missing 24-year-old Jaime Cruz-Avila's burned car was discovered last Thursday. Police are not releasing any details regarding the date and time of discovery, nor the exact location where the body was found.

Though Henrico Police say the remains have not yet been identified, the division posted the discovery of the body on its Facebook page Thursday morning as an "Update to Missing Person Investigation" above information about the missing man.

Cruz-Avila, of the 2500 block of Dickens Glen Court, has not been seen since Wednesday, Feb. 5. Henrico Police officers responded to his residence on Thursday, Feb. 6, for "a suspicious situation." There, they discovered evidence indicating the young man may be in danger. Cruz-Avila's vehicle was found burned in Powhatan at Watkins Landing boat ramp the same day at Route 711/Huguenot Trail, west of Route 288/World War II Veterans Memorial Highway.

Detectives continue to investigate this incident and are working the medical examiner's office.

On Thursday morning, Henrico Police said Cruz-Avila is still considered missing. He is Hispanic, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 178 pounds, and was last seen wearing a black hooded jacket or sweater with a white graphic design on the front.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Henrico Police at 804-501-5000 or Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

 

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