PETERSBURG, Va. -- A death investigation was opened shortly after a man was found dead in a Super 8 motel on Crater Road in Petersburg.
The man was found just after midnight Thursday, Sept. 4.
The Onslow County Sheriff's Office released a statement on Friday, saying that he was reported missing on Tuesday, Sept. 2.
The man was identified as 21-year-old Marine Ryan Robert Smith.
The decal on the vehicle he parked at the Super 8 motel indicated the Jacksonville connection.
Police were alerted after running water breached an adjacent guest’s room.
The cause of death is under investigation.