Missing elderly man found in Bavon
Major J.T. Williams of the Mathews County Sheriff’s Office said his office received a call at around 6 p.m. Saturday from an out-of-town real estate agent who had been in the county earlier that day taking pictures of property in the waterfront community of Bavon Beach, which consists primarily of vacation homes.
The man had taken pictures of a house for sale, in front of which sat an empty truck apparently stuck in a ditch. But it wasn’t until the real estate agent got home and looked at the pictures that he decided to call the county and report the vehicle. The license plate number was clear in the photo, and when Williams ran the number, he got a hit for a man missing from Southampton County.
The real estate agent wasn’t familiar with Mathews County and wasn’t sure where he had been, said Williams, so it took some time for sheriff’s deputies to determine exactly where to search. When they finally found the empty truck, it had weapons inside, and the responding law enforcement agents—Sheriff Mark Barrick, Major Williams, Lt. Sid Foster, deputy Jonathan Wyatt and trooper Carl Greene of the Virginia State Police—were concerned about what they might find.
“We were afraid it would be really bad,” said Barrick. “You never know what’s on anybody’s mind.”
A light was on in the second floor of a house for sale in the darkened neighborhood, so the sheriff requested that the local real estate agent handling the sale bring a key to the site. As the agent approached the area, said Williams, a call for help was heard from a house across the street. Deputies found the missing man lying inside an enclosed porch, unable to walk.
The elderly man’s only outerwear was a lightweight khaki work jacket, said Williams, and he was wearing a baseball cap. It was 8 p.m. and 26 degrees outside.