By Keith Strange Staff Reporter
December 9, 2013
HILLSVILLE, VA. — The search for an elderly county man has been called off after his body was discovered on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Sheriff Graham Atkinson has announced.
According to the sheriff, county law enforcement officials were alerted Saturday that the body of Grover Cleveland Davis, 76, was discovered near mile marker 202 of the Parkway just before 11 a.m., Saturday.
Davis had been missing since shortly after 1:30 p.m., Thursday, having been last seen at 463 White Pines Country Club Road in Mount Airy.
His last known location was traveling south on U.S. 52 in a gold-colored 1994 Nissan Pathfinder, according to Surry County Detective S.G. Hudson.
The body was discovered by Carroll County, Va., Deputy Cody Edwards, who found Davis lying on the ground at about 10:45 a.m., Saturday near the Pathfinder.
“It looked as if Davis had turned around at some nearby cabins near the first overlook and tried to drive up a bank before getting stuck,” said Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
Atkinson said no further information is available and no foul play is expected, although investigators in Virginia are still looking into the matter.
“When we heard that the body had been found, we notified the family and are currently working with Carroll County, but it appears that it was a motor vehicle accident and it doesn’t seem to involve any foul play.”
Davis reportedly suffered from dementia or some other cognitive impairment, and a Silver Alert was issued shortly after he went missing.
Gardner said it appears the weather over the weekend may have played a factor in the death.
“(He) was out of his car and had definitely been exposed to the elements,” he said.
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