Death investigation underway at Appomattox River in Chesterfield

Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WRIC) — Chesterfield authorities are conducting a death investigation after a person was found dead near the Appomattox River Saturday morning.

The initial call came in at 12:20 p.m. for assistance needed. Chesterfield and Petersburg authorities responded to the scene for a possible adult drowning.

When they arrived at the 21600 block of Chesterfield Avenue officers said they learned a man had gone into the water and went under without coming back to the surface. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The family of the victim identified him as 56-year-old Rickey Darnell Beasley.

8News spoke with family members on the scene who said Beasley was at the river Saturday with others and didn’t know how to swim. His brother and daughter said they are looking for answers on how he ended up in the water.

“[He] couldn’t swim, at all so he normally don’t play around water at all,” said Billy Beasley, Rickey’s brother.

“And everybody knows that,” said Rickita Beasley, Rickey’s daughter.

“So, what happened, I don’t know. Was he pushed? I don’t know. We just want to try to get to the bottom of it,” Billy said.

Rickita said she couldn’t believe the news when she first got the call.

“That someone was pulling my leg, it was a joke. Then I came down here, and it wasn’t a joke. He’s actually gone,” shesaid.

Beasley’s daughter added he was a good man who wouldn’t hurt anyone and was the life of the party.

While this is an ongoing investigation, Chesterfield County Police said there is no foul play suspected. However, anyone with information should contact the department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.

There was another drowning in this area of the river earlier this year in May.

This is a developing story. Stay with 8News for updates.

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