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Man found dead with ‘obvious signs of trauma’ inside Hanover home

Posted at 11:14 AM, Jul 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-27 19:24:44-04

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. – A death investigation is underway after a man's body was discovered inside his Hanover home Thursday night.

The Hanover County Sherriff's Office responded to a report of a suspicious death in the 8000 block of Dunwoody Road at 9:10 p.m.

Officials said deputies found an adult male victim with "obvious signs of trauma."

Once Hanover Fire-EMS crews arrived. 47-year-old Sylvester Eugene Boyd of Mechanicsville was pronounced deceased.

"Investigators are evaluating all evidence in this case and are working closely with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the actual cause of death," Sgt. James Cooper with the Hanover Sheriff’s Office said.

Crime Insider sources said the suspicious death is not a murder investigation.

Additionally, folks who live in the neighborhood said they recently saw Boyd working in his backyard.

In fact, one man said he spotted Boyd making motions like he was swatting flies as he ran into the home Thursday.

Deputies reassured the public that they are safe.

"So at this point, based on our investigation, where we’re at, we believe it is an isolated event and there's absolutely no threat to the community," Cooper said.

Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to contact the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at (804) 365-6140 or the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000. Citizens can also download the “P3 Tips” app for their mobile device to submit their tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.