Norfolk Police ID body pulled from the Lafayette River

John E. Cash (Southhside Daily/Courtesy of the Norfolk Police Department)
John E. Cash (Southhside Daily/Courtesy of the Norfolk Police Department)

NORFOLK — The body recovered from the Lafayette River Tuesday is that of John E. Cash, the local man missing since Monday night.

Police said the 25-year-old left his home “not wearing any clothes” near the area of Granby and Thole streets.

Authorities said Cash was diagnosed with schizophrenia and required medication.

Just before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, dispatchers received a call about a man’s body floating in the Lafayette River just offshore in the Talbot Park neighborhood.

Norfolk Police and fire-rescue responded and recovered the body from the water.

Tuesday night, police confirmed that the body recovered was Cash.

No foul play is suspected

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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.