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Police: Body found Sunday was that of missing Newport News man

Leon Francis, 62 has been missing since Jan. 14. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the Newport News Police Department)
Leon Francis, 62 has been missing since Jan. 14. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the Newport News Police Department)

Newport News Police have identified the body found in the water on Sunday as that of Leon Francis, a 62-year-old Newport News man who had been missing for nearly a month.

On Feb. 16 police responded to the 200 block of Rivers Ridge Circle at approximately 3:02 p.m. in reference to a body in the water and, according to the news release.

Police said it appeared the body had been in the water “for some length in time.”

Francis was last seen on Jan. 14 at his home in the 400 block of Wynn Drive around 6:10 a.m., authorities said.

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His family said in a Facebook post following his disappearance that Francis had Parkinson’s Disease and had difficulty walking with limited motor skills.

A cause of death has yet to be determined by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsiglianohttp://wydaily.com
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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