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Man charged after missing Dinwiddie teen's body found

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) -- The body of an African-American female that was located near the home of a Dinwiddie County teenager who was reported missing days earlier has been identified as 17-year-old Ke'Asia Adkins.

Adkins was last seen Monday morning at her family's home in the 5900 block of Sentry Hill Court. Her family said she was headed to cheerleading practice at Dinwiddie High School. 

On Thursday, investigators found a body in a wooded area behind that North Dinwiddie home and later confirmed it to be Adkins.

Pastor Belinda Baugh, a family friend, says Adkins' family desperately wanted her to come home. 

"The family had hope up until the very last minutes," she said. 

The Dinwiddie County Sheriff's Office has also arrested 21-year-old Anton Deonte Coleman of Bishop Street and charged him with one count of abduction in connection with their case.

Coleman is being held without bond at Meherrin Regional Jail.

Dinwiddie High School released the following statement Thursday afternoon:

The Dinwiddie High School community suffered a tragic loss on June 28 when rising junior and Varsity Cheerleader Ke’Asia Adkins died. It is a very sad day for Dinwiddie High School. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Dinwiddie County Public Schools’ community go out to her family. Ke’Asia was a beautiful young lady who was a General through and through. She will be greatly missed by the entire Dinwiddie High School family, especially her friends, teammates, teachers and staff.

Dinwiddie High School will provide grief counselors at the school Monday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 3
from 7:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. to help students deal with their thoughts and feelings associated with the loss of Ke’Asia.

Please continue to keep the family of Ke’Asia Adkins in your thoughts and prayers.

Investigators are continuing to work this case and ask anyone with information to contact Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office at 804-469-3755 or Petersburg / Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212.  

Stay with 8News for updates. 

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