Investigators search for clues in Dinwiddie’s first homicide of 2012

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DINWIDDIE, Va. (WTVR) – Officials have released the name of a man found dead in the road near the Nottoway River in Dinwiddie County.

According to the Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office, 53-year-old Donald Olynn Cook, of the 15000 Block of First Street in Dewitt, was found Tuesday around 4:15 a.m. on Cherry Hill Road and the Brunswick County line.

Investigators said gunshot wounds were found on Cook’s body and that his death is being investigated as a homicide.

Cook’s death marks the county’s first homicide of 2012.

The man’s daughter, Anna Cook, talked with CBS 6 News senior reporter Wayne Covil Wednesday. 

Cook said that her father lived within a few miles of where he was found dead until a few months ago. That was when he was forced to move after a lightning strike destroyed his home. 

“Despite the fact he had his own problems… he was a human and he was a good man,” said Cook.

Investigators are asking for the public’s help with the case. If you have information that could help investigators, call Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office at 804-469-4550 or Petersburg / Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212.

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