Body of missing Norfolk man found in James City County

James City County Police are looking for information after a body was found behind the 6600 block of Richmond Road Christmas Eve. (WYDaily/Courtesy Google Maps)
James City County Police are looking for information after a body was found behind the 6600 block of Richmond Road Christmas Eve. (WYDaily/Courtesy Google Maps)

Two people walking their dogs discovered a man’s body in a wooded area on Christmas Eve, James City County Police say.

Authorities identified the man as Charles Wayne Cooper of Norfolk.

He was 26 years old.

Cooper was previously reported as missing to James City County Police earlier this month. Police said they had received information that Cooper was found safe; however, it was later determined this information was not accurate.

James City County Police were dispatched to a wooded, creek area behind the 6600 block of Richmond Road around 4:30 p.m. Monday after the body was discovered, police said in a news release.

Cooper’s body was transported to the Tidewater Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The Medical Examiner has not ruled on the cause of death, but no foul play is suspected.

The case remains under investigation.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) 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.