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South Boston police investigate after two found dead outside of homes

SoVaNow.com / March 06, 2014
While they don’t believe foul play is involved, South Boston Police are investigating two deaths in town this week after the bodies of the individuals were found outside of homes on Sixth Street and Hodges Street.

“It’s kind of an odd situation to have in two days,” said South Boston Police Capt. B.K. Lovelace of the official investigation into the deaths. “We don’t know if it was weather related or something else.”

Both individuals are thought to have died of natural causes, but a final determination will have to await autopsy results from the Virginia Medical Examiner’s office in Richmond.

On Thursday morning, police identified the deceased. The Sixth Street resident who died Tuesday was Walter Meadows, 64, an African-American male whose body was spotted on the front porch of his home by a neighbor. Rescue personnel and police received the call shortly before 3 p.m. Monday, and upon arriving at the home found Meadows dead at the scene.

Lovelace said authorities have notified the deceased’s next of kin. So far, however, they haven’t been able to gain a full understanding of what might have happened to Meadows, although health issues could have played a part.

So, too, he said, could harsh winter weather, if it turned out that he went outdoors and for some reason wasn’t able to return inside.

“It’s possible it was a medical emergency and he expired right there. We’re not sure,” Lovelace said.

The second deceased individual is Lucy Majors, age 59, an African-American female whose body was found Wednesday around 7:30 a.m. by a homeowner at the 1900 block of Hodges Street, near its intersection with Marshall Avenue. The resident found the woman unconscious in the grass off of Hodges. She was dead at the scene, where police spent three hours at the scene to determine what happened.

Majors' last known address was on Chisholm Trail in the Nathalie area. It is believed that she may have moved around and “we don’t know where she lived exactly,” said Lovelace.

While authorities can’t say whether cold weather — including Monday’s ice and snow — played a role in the deaths, pending the autopsy results, Lovelace said the weather will be examined as a possible contributing factor.

“The coincidence between the two [discoveries] is we’ve been having cold weather the last couple of days and we found them outside. We’re not sure that that was a factor in their deaths or what,” he said.

Anyone with information about either death is asked to call the South Boston Police Department at 575-4273.







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