Man missing since Tuesday found dead in creek

Posted at 5:41 PM, Jan 13, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-13 17:48:53-05

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) — The body of 52-year-old William “Tommy” Beasley missing since early last week, was discovered in the Peebles Mill Pond.

CBS 6 reported last Friday that friends and family were worried about Beasley, who at that time had been missing for 72 hours.

His silver Chevrolet truck was discovered in the water and Sheriff Brian Roberts told CBS 6 that Beasley was found 25 yards downstream from the truck in Peebles Mill Pond.

His body was caught on a tree.

Positive identification has been made and the body has been sent to the Medical Examiner’s office for cause and manner of death.

The sheriff told CBS 6 that there were no apparent injuries.

Shavonda Beasley, the missing man’s daughter, told CBS 6 News senior reporter Wayne Covil that her father never traveled far from his Belfield Rd. home. At least two friends spotted him in his Chevrolet pickup heading down Belfield Rd. on Tuesday afternoon.

He was then spotted about three miles away in the parking lot of Woodruff Convenience Store in Greensville County.

Brunswick County Sheriff Brian Roberts said investigators think he disappeared between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

And since Beasley had no cellphone or credit or debit cards, Roberts said there is no way to track his movements via technology.

Ivory Scott, a lifelong friend of Beasley, said he fears the worst now that three days have passed.

“He’s been gone too long,” said Beasley. “He wouldn’t just leave his family because he thought a lot of his family.”

Beasley was described as a black male, 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 235 pounds.