Police find body in Nansemond River

Published 12:10 am Saturday, October 30, 2010

Suffolk Police investigators and crime scene technicians investigate a body found in the Nansemond River Friday. The body had been pulled onto the back of the boat when this photo was taken.

Police discovered a Suffolk man’s body floating in the Nansemond River Friday.

The man was identified as 55-year-old Leroy C. Johnson, of the 300 block of Van Buren Avenue in Suffolk.

A member of the police department’s Marine Patrol and a Public Works employee found the body around noon Friday while they were doing routine checks on wake zone signs. The man was about 150 yards from Constant’s Wharf Marina, which is behind the downtown Hilton Garden Inn.

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According to Suffolk spokeswoman Debbie George, family members told police after his body was found they had last seen him when they took him home after he was released from a local hospital Monday night. Johnson suffered from bouts of confusion, George added.

Johnson was wearing the same pajama pants and slippers he was wearing when he was released from the hospital, family members told police. The cause of his death remains undetermined.

After the body was found, the city employees were able to attach a buoy to it to mark it while the dive team prepared to enter the water. The dive team and crime scene investigation units then recovered it from the water and collected evidence.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen Johnson or knows his whereabouts between Monday night and Friday, to contact investigators or Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.