Body of Virginia Man Who Abandoned Vehicle in Snowstorm Is Found

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U.S.|Body of Virginia Man Who Abandoned Vehicle successful Snowstorm Is Found

Jacob Whaley, 34, was discovered conscionable implicit 200 yards from wherever his household had primitively estimated helium would be.

Motorists successful  Virginia stranded by an aggravated  wintertime  tempest  that bore down   connected  the portion   aboriginal  this week.
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Isabella Grullón Paz

Jan. 8, 2022, 7:52 p.m. ET

The assemblage of a Virginia antheral who tried to locomotion location aft his conveyance had breached down during a snowstorm this week has been found, the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office said connected Friday.

The man, Jacob Whaley, 34, informed his household connected Monday that helium was going to effort to locomotion backmost to his location successful Louisa County aft his conveyance had breached down successful neighboring Hanover County during the snowstorm, which stranded hundreds of drivers connected Interstate 95 successful Virginia.

Mr. Whaley past texted his household astatine 8:45 p.m., according to WRIC-TV, telling his parent that helium was lost. His household informed the Sheriff’s Office that they believed Mr. Whaley was perchance adjacent Greene’s Corner Road.

The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office said successful a connection that it had “immediately responded to the family’s petition to cheque some the roadside country on Greene’s Corner Road, the roadways successful betwixt and his residence” but that the hunt had proved fruitless.


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On Thursday, a hunt enactment made up of volunteers and members of the Sheriff’s Office recovered Mr. Whaley’s assemblage successful a “very dense conifer plantation” conscionable implicit 200 yards disconnected Greene’s Corner Road.

“This was a precise heavy wooded country disconnected the roadworthy that the hunt squad had a hard clip getting through,” Maj. Ronnie Roberts, main lawman for the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office, said successful an email connected Saturday. “Our region had 100 percent powerfulness outage and impassable roads.”

Speaking to WRIC, Mr. Whaley’s household members expressed vexation with the Sheriff’s Office, saying they believed it should person done much to find Mr. Whaley.

“I’m truthful aggravated with this county,” said Shannon Whaley, Mr. Whaley’s mother. “All they had to bash was spell retired and holler for him.”

“Louisa County fto him frost to death,” Angela Whaley, Mr. Whaley’s sister, said.

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