New details emerge after missing Chesterfield man found dead near Dutch Gap

Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) – Chesterfield Police have released new details after a Chesterfield man was found dead Sunday, after being reported missing over the weekend while fishing with friends.

Ruben Carillo’s body was found near the water at the Dutch Gap Conservation Area, the day after say he’d visited the Dutch Gap Conservation Area with a handful of friends to fish.

The waters in the Dutch Gap area can be dangerous. Several signs show messages to local fisherman not to swim in the water.

Signs across the park and conservation area warn fisherman and swimmers not to get in the water due to the currents. (Photo: 8News Reporter Sabrina Shutters)

“The current on the river side is what I’m really worried about,” said Steven Shreves, a native of the area who’s been coming to the park for 40 years to fish.

On Saturday, 45-year-old Ruben Carillo was at the park fishing, and according to Chesterfield Police, friends said he had been drinking.

Friends told police Carillo went into the water to retrieve his fishing lure.

Chesterfield Fire’s Scuba Rescue Team found Carillo’s body at the park, near the water, Sunday around noon.

Police are now asking the public for help in the investigation. “We just want to make sure we’re very thorough in the investigation,” said Lieutenant Justin Aronson.

Shreves said although he’s a regular at the park, you won’t find him in the dangerous waters.

“I don’t go into the water, he laughed. “I might dip a towel in there to wipe off with, but that’s about it.”

Lieutenant Aronson told 8News Carillo’s friends didn’t immediately call police. Instead, they looked for Carillo first and then made the call to report him missing.

8News has reached out to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for Carillo’s cause of death and are waiting to hear back.

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

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