UPDATE: Man's death ruled accidental

UPDATE (1/11/18 5:30 p.m.): According to police, Mark Crotts died of hypothermia and his death has been ruled by the Medical Examiner's Office as accidental.

Officers said based on the investigation, there is no evidence of foul play.

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UPDATE (01/08/18 1:00 PM):  We now know the name of the man who was found dead inside a car that was found in the Roanoke River.  

According to the Roanoke Police Department, he was 24-year-old Mark Andrew Crotts from Roanoke.  

No other information is being released at this time.  

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UPDATE (2:07 pm): Roanoke Police and Roanoke Fire-EMS were dispatched to Vic Thomas Park behind Black Dog Salvage at around 8:11 this morning after they received reports of a vehicle found in the Roanoke River, according to police.

Roanoke Fire-EMS then called its Swift Water Rescue team to the scene. Police say the team found a deceased man inside the vehicle.

Police say the victim's identity will be released after proper notifications have been made. The incident remains under investigation. 

12:42 pm:

Emergency crews are working to remove a vehicle from the Roanoke River.

A white SUV is partially submerged in the river near Vic Thomas Park behind Black Dog Salvage in Roanoke.

Police have blocked off access to the park at Hannah Circle SW. They declined to comment on the situation at the time, but confirmed that a vehicle had gone into the river.

Emergency crews along the shore and on a raft in the partially frozen river were investigating around noon.

It is unknown whether anyone was in the vehicle or if there were any injuries.

This story is developing and we are working to get more information on the incident.

 


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