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Remains found in Chase City; identification pending

SoVaNow.com / October 13, 2021
Police are looking into whether the body discovered at a residence on North Washington Street in Chase City on Monday is that of the missing 34-year-old Chris Rawlings.

Rawlings had been the subject of an intense search after he disappeared from his home Monday, Sept. 27. Prior to vanishing that evening, Rawlings, who was known as “Hunt,” was seen near Fourth Street in Chase City around 8:30 p.m.

Chase City Police Chief Jay Jordan said an unidentified body was found around 10:41 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11. The remains were sent to the medical examiner’s office in Richmond for a full forensic identification and to determine the cause of death.

Specifics on how the body was discovered were not disclosed. Jordan thanked the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office criminal investigation unit and the Chase City Volunteer Fire Department for their help on the case.

Jordan said he hopes to have the results of the autopsy back from the medical examiner in the next few days, at which point he will know if the person suffered any trauma that may have contributed to his death. Jordan added that it is too soon in the investigation to say if there are persons of interest who may have caused or contributed to the death of the unnamed victim.

Rawlings was known to have suffered from seizures and did not have his medication with him when he left his home.

Investigators are still seeking information from anyone who may have seen Rawlings near the home where the body was discovered or any information about this matter. You are asked to contact the Chase City Police at (434) 372-4244 or the Mecklenburg County Crime Solvers at (434) 738-6191.



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