Police ID body pulled from Appomattox River as missing man

Posted at 8:42 PM, May 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-09 21:07:57-04

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (WTVR) –A body was pulled from the Appomatox River late Friday afternoon, and will be sent to the Medical Examiner for identification.

The body of missing 69-year-old Michael Romanic has been positively identified. Police are treating this as a death investigation. The cause of death is unknown at this time.

A specially trained dog located the body, along the river shoreline. This type of search and rescue dog is trained to track scent from water, not just land. From a boat, the dog led searchers to the body.

A search has been underway to locate Romanic since Thursday. He was last seen round 11 a.m. Thursday, on Brockwell  Lane headed towards Fort Clifton.

The man’s wife said his medicine was recently changed, and it may have affected him. Romanic also has the beginning stages of Parkinsons.

She left the house for a doctor’s appointment and when she returned he was gone.

The frantic search has been underway from land, air and water.

Romanic is described as 5’7″ and 165 pounds. He has brown hair, brown eyes and wearing a baseball cap with a beige shirt and blue jeans.

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