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State Police Identify Body Found in Nelson County

Posted: Updated: May 23, 2011 10:28 PM EDT


The Virginia State Police have identified the body found Monday by Virginia Department of Transportation workers in Nelson County as Sean P. Daly, 42, of Lovingston, Va.. Police say the VDOT workers found Daly just about the same time as his mother reported him missing. The victim had not been seen since last Tuesday, May 17. Daly's body was found less than 3/10 of a mile from his home.

Sean P. Daly is the brother of Charlottesville's Director of Parks and Recreation Brian Daly.

From Virginia State Police:

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Appomattox Field Office is continuing its investigation into Monday's (May 23) discovery of a deceased male near Route 29 in Nelson County. The Office of the Medical Examiner has confirmed the identity of the individual as Sean P. Daly, 42, of Lovingston, Va.

The body was located Monday afternoon by Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) workers during a mowing operation along Route 29 about a mile north of Lovingston. At about the same time, the victim's mother reported him missing to the Nelson County Sheriff's Office. Daly had not been seen since last Tuesday (May 17). His remains were found approximately 3/10 of a mile from his home.

Daly's body was transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Richmond for examination and autopsy. Final conclusion on cause of death by the Medical Examiner's office is still pending, but there is no indication of traumatic injury.


Monday, May 23, 2011


A gruesome discovery was made in Nelson County on Monday. 


A Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) worker was mowing along Route 29 near Lovingston when he discovered the body of a man along the side of the road shortly after 2 p.m.  There are still plenty of unanswered questions Monday night.

Sergeant Gregory Miller with Virginia State Police stated, "It wasn't visible from the roadway. It apparently had been there for a few days."

The unidentified man's body was found in an embankment near Cannery Loop in Nelson County.  Crews with Virginia State Police and the Nelson County Sheriff's Office spent the afternoon processing the scene and gathering evidence.

"We're treating it as a suspicious death at this point," said Miller.

Police say an autopsy will be performed to identify the man and determine the cause of death.

"It doesn't appear that he was hit by a car, but we don't have any other information. He was down the embankment in some tall weeds and was not visible from the road," Miller stated. 

Police have yet to identify the person.  Once they do, steps will be taken to notify the family.


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