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Body found in river near Big Stone Gap

July 24th, 2013 4:42 pm by STEPHEN IGO- Net News Service

Body found in river near Big Stone Gap

BIG STONE GAP — Big Stone Gap authorities confirmed on Wednesday that a body was recovered from the Powell River just west of the downtown area on Tuesday evening.

Big Stone Gap Police Chief Steve Hamm said at around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday officers responded to a report of a possible body in the river near the old Maloney's store off Pennington Gap Highway, or U.S. Route 58-A, right at the western edge of town limits.

Hamm said a "badly decomposed" human body was retrieved approximately 6 feet from the riverbank and transported to the state medical examiner's office in Roanoke for identification and to determine the cause of death.

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