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UPDATE: Body Found in Woolen Mills Now Homicide Case

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Crews on the scene of a homicide in Albemarle County Crews on the scene of a homicide in Albemarle County
Albemarle County police on the scene of a homicide investigation in the Woolen Mills neighborhood Albemarle County police on the scene of a homicide investigation in the Woolen Mills neighborhood
Emergency crews on the scene of a homicide in Albemarle County Emergency crews on the scene of a homicide in Albemarle County
Madeline Curott, Albemarle County police spokesperson Madeline Curott, Albemarle County police spokesperson
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Albemarle County detectives and the FBI Gang Task Force are investigating a homicide after a body was discovered near the Woolen Mills neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

Police and rescue crews were called for a body found in the water just before noon Tuesday, July 4. Crews responded to the 2100 block of East Market Street where a fisherman discovered a dead body along the banks of Moore’s Creek.

“At this time we can't release any condition as far as the body is concerned or any weapons that were used,” said Madeline Curott, Albemarle County police spokesperson.

Detectives are now labeling the case a homicide. They say the body found was that of a male but aren’t offering further details.

“We are not able to identify the body right now. We're waiting on a positive ID, but that's going to take a couple of days because it is going have to… they're going to have to use DNA,” Curott said.

The fisherman that found the body tells NBC29 he saw the body with blood around the head and a blood soaked shirt. He also said the body was face down.

Police spent much of Tuesday at the scene.

“Police were gathering the information, gathering up any evidence, and just securing that crime scene,” Curott said.

The FBI is on the ground helping police. NBC29 has been told several suspects have been identified in the case and they have gang affiliations. Police also say the victim does not appear to be connected with a gang.

The Albemarle County commonwealth’s attorney is now involved in the homicide.

Albemarle County police say detectives are currently pursuing leads. They are asking anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers at 434-977-4000 or the Albemarle County Police Department at 434-296-5807.

This is the second murder in Albemarle County this year.

Albemarle County Police Department Press Release:

Around Noon on Tuesday, Albemarle County Police responded to the 2100 block of East Market Street for a report of a dead body found along Moore’s Creek.

Albemarle County Detectives and the FBI Safe Streets Gang Task Force are treating this as a homicide investigation and are currently pursuing numerous leads.

The name of the male victim is not being released until a positive identification is made through DNA and next of kin is notified.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 434-977-4000 or the Albemarle County Police Department at 434-296-5807.

This is the second murder in the County for 2017.