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Body of missing man found by family

Body of missing man found by family

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The body of a Martinsville man was found by family members Thursday afternoon.

The Virginia State Police have not issued a release but have confirmed after further investigation that the body found in a car at the foot of a steep bank off North River Road in Fieldale is that of 24-year-old Tyshawn Williams.

Investigators on the scene have determined Wiliams' car, a 2007 Mercury Mulan, was headed south on North River Road near Shady View Drive Sunday night.

The vehicle hit a guardrail, over-corrected and then went off the road and down a bank before coming to rest in a heavily wooded area.

The vehicle was not visible by a motorist passing by and barely visible by someone standing by the side of the road and looking down the bank.

Police say they were told by family members that they located the vehicle and then called 911 after finding Williams dead inside.

When the 911 communications center received the call around 1 p.m., they dispatched rescue to the scene describing the person as "unconscious and unresponsive."

As word began to circulate among family and friends that the missing Williams had been found, cars began to park on both sides of North River Road near where the vehicle was located.

Two Virginia State Police vehicles blocked traffic going both ways while more than 30 people gathered at the scene.

The body has been taken to the Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Roanoke for an autopsy.

State Police say they continue to investigate the accident.

Bill Wyatt is a reporter for the Martinsville Bulletin. He can be reached at 276-638-8801, Ext. 236. Follow him @billdwyatt

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