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Authorities find body of missing James City County man

Gregoire Alan Welty (WYDaily/Courtesy of James City County Police)
Gregoire Alan Welty (WYDaily/Courtesy of James City County Police)

The search for James City County resident Gregoire “Greg” Alan Welty came to a sad ending.

A search team from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management found his body was found a mile from his car in Charles City County on Aug. 26 around 1:25 p.m., said Charles City County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Leslie Comer.

Welty had been missing since Aug. 11.

According to his obituary from Bucktrout of Williamsburg Funeral Services, Welty is “believed to have” died Aug. 13.

He was 57 years old.

Welty used to live in James City County but had recently leased an apartment in Williamsburg, according to the James City County Police Department.

The Charles City County Sheriff’s Office did not release a cause and manner of Welty’s death, citing an open investigation.

Comer said they have yet to receive the autopsy report. He did not elaborate.

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James City County Police received a call from Charles City County regarding an abandoned vehicle on Roxbury Road. The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta belonging to Welty had his wallet and keys inside the vehicle.

Welty’s last known communication was via telephone on Aug.11.

A service for Welty will be at King of Glory Lutheran Church on Sept. 13. Due to COVID-19, attendance will be by invitation only, but the service will be livestreamed on


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