RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Police have identified the man found dead on a rock in the middle of the James River Sunday afternoon.
Police identified him as 45-year-old David M. Andrews of Hampton.
Lt. Sayles, with Richmond Police, said someone from the Manchester Bridge saw Andrews and alerted authorities just after 12 p.m. Sunday, August 19.
Officers arrived to find city fire and EMS already on scene. Emergency crews deployed a raft to get the body. Police pronounced the 45-year-old dead around 12:45 p.m.
8News spoke to a bystander at the scene who says she saw a large police presence near Brown’s Island all day.
“Saw a couple of police cars and a firefighter engine and everyone was kind of looking over the side,” said Byron Garrett.
He says it made him think the worst.
“We thought that maybe they were looking for somebody. Someone had maybe jumped off a bridge or had an accident,” Garrett said.
Garrett told 8News he took a walk later in the afternoon and still saw a heavy presence.
He told 8News he saw what appeared to be a body bag.
“We saw an officer with what looked like an evidence bag, perhaps a body bag or something to that effect, down on Brown’s Island,” Garrett said. “So it looked like somewhere around the pipeline they had perhaps found the body.”
Stephen Berry says he saw police near Brown’s Island and grew suspicious.
“There’s not an event going on so we thought it was kind of odd that he’d be sitting there,” Berry told 8News.
As for Garrett, he said this isn’t the first time an incident like Sunday has happened.
“It’s a fairly common occurrence,” he said, “I mean, not daily, but once every few months during the summer.
Police said the medical examiner will determine the cause of death but no foul play is suspected at this time.
Anyone with information about this death investigation is asked to call Major Crimes Detective A. Coates at (804) 646-0729 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.
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