Virginia Beach woman’s death was suicide

VIRGINIA BEACH — The death of a 22-year-old woman, whose body was found along the wooded portion of the 2500 block of Edgehill Avenue June 27, has been ruled a suicide.

The cause of death of Denise Martin, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Norfolk, was drowning.

Authorities from that office did not release information on the approximate day and time of Martin’s death.

Martin went missing June 19. Police said she was last seen in the 2600 block Dunlace Way at around 7 or 8 a.m. that day.

Her body was found approximately two blocks from her Dunlace Way home, police said.

She had just graduated from Longwood University and moved back to the area to live with her family.


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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.