Tuesday, June 6, 2023

James City County man found dead in a grassy area near motel

(WYDaily file)

Police are trying to piece together the circumstances surrounding the death of a 45-year-old James City County man, whose body was found in a grassy area near a motel Saturday.

Authorities identified the man as Terrence Orlando Pressey.

Pressey’s body was taken to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Norfolk where an autopsy was performed “that determined that he was the victim of a homicide,” James City County Police said.

That was the manner of death. Police declined to release a cause of death, citing an open investigation.

Authorities also did not release information on a time of death.

Officers were called at 7:30 a.m. Saturday to the Motel Zima at 6493 Richmond Road in the Lightfoot area.

“Somebody saw the body lying in the grass (next to the parking lot),” said Deputy Police Chief Steve Rubino.

Rubino said the department just received the autopsy results Tuesday morning.

Pressey was not reported missing prior to his death.

Authorities are asking anyone with information that would help in the investigation to call the Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP. You can also submit tips at P3tips.com.

John Mangalonzo
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John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) 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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