Richmond Police located the body of a black male in the canal along Dock Street in Shockoe Bottom during a search for a missing man on Wednesday morning (Photo by ABC 8News Anchor/Investigative Reporter Kerri O'Brien).
Richmond Police have been searching the area extensively in recent weeks, looking for Randall Collins (Photo by ABC 8News Anchor/Investigative Reporter Kerri O'Brien).
The body found on Wednesday morning has not yet been identified (Photo by ABC 8News Anchor/Investigative Reporter Kerri O'Brien).
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
Richmond Police have identified the body of a man found in the Kanawha Canal in Shockoe Bottom as Walee A. Hagg, 31, no permanent address.
Hagg was last seen by his family when he visited them in Midlothian late last week.
The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death. At this point, investigators have found no evidence of foul play.
Members of the Richmond Fire Department and the Norfolk Police Department Harbor Patrol dive teams spotted the body at approximately 8:36 a.m. as they were preparing to enter the water to conduct a search for the body of another missing man, Randall Collins.
Collins was last seen leaving the Canal Club at 1545 E. Cary St. on Saturday, April 5. Collins’ family has received unconfirmed reports that he got into a car with two black men after leaving the club. There has also been speculation that Collins may have walked toward Church Hill. Collins is on medication to control seizures.
Police do not suspect foul play in Collins’ disappearance; they continued to search the canal area because a bloodhound had tracked the missing man’s scent to the water.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers by calling 804-780-1000 or texting “iTip” followed by the tip to 274637.
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