Teenager found dead on ‘haunted’ Virginia road

Posted at 3:22 PM, Jul 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-01 20:22:30-04

YORKTOWN, Va. -- An investigation is underway after a teenager's body was found on Crawford Road in Yorktown.

The victim was identified as 18-year-old Austin Baxley, of a Portsmouth. It appears Baxley suffered multiple gunshot wounds, investigators said.

"We feel for the victim and we feel for his family," York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Dennis Ivy Jr. said. "We just want to get justice and find the person, to get to the person or persons responsible."

Crawford Road is an isolated stretch of highway between York County and Newport News.

The road is considered, by some, to be haunted.

"We get people who go ghost hunting down there and we like to tell them to park safely," Ivey said. "I'm not saying the bogeyman is going to jump out of the woods, but it is Just isolated."

Ivey said he did not recommend anybody driving down Crawford Road at night.

"If your car breaks down and you are by yourself, you're going to have a problem getting help," he said. "It may be hours before anyone drives down there."

Early Friday morning, just after midnight, a driver called police to report what they believed to be a body on the side of the road

Deputies and medics located the body of a white man near the Tour Road overpass. He was pronounced dead at the scene, a sheriff’s office spokesman posted on Facebook.

"This is a homicide investigation and investigators are actively pursuing leads at this time," the post continued. "The cause of death is undetermined and pending autopsy results."

Anyone with information was asked to call 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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