Saturday, September 30, 2023

Passerby finds body on York River shore

(WYDaily/Courtesy of York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office)
(WYDaily/Courtesy of York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office)

York-Poquoson Sheriff’s investigators are working with the FBI, National Park Service and Virginia Marine Resource Commission to identify the body found at a beach picnic area Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities said the body was that of an African American woman “who may be in her 60s.”

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 600 block of Water Street in Yorktown, the beach picnic area, at around 12:03 p.m.

A person walking in the area told dispatchers of seeing a body near the shore.

No other details were immediately released.

Authorities are asking anyone who may have information on a missing person to call the Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP. Tips can also be sent to the sheriff’s office’s FB Tip Line at 757-890-4999, or 911.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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