Police ID body after anglers’ disturbing discovery in Appomattox River

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Two fishermen found the body of a missing man in the Appomattox River Wednesday afternoon, Jon Burkett reported.

The body was found just after 1:50 p.m. by Campbell's Bridge near the Chesterfield-Petersburg line not far from Virginia State University.

“We looked at each other and was like, ‘Is that really what we think it is?’” one of the anglers recounted. “And once we both looked at each other and realized what it was, snapped the line, ran up the hill. And I got back to the truck and put my phone on the charger and called non-emergency.”

Chesterfield Police later identified the body as that of 59-year-old Everette W. Clary of the 21500 block of Jackson Street.

Clary, who family members said disappeared on Election Day, was reported missing on Nov.11.

When news that a body was found at the river spread, family and friends showed up knowing the river was a place Clary liked to spend a lot of time.

“I just think this is him, I just feel it in my heart. He’s always came home, he always read his Bible every day,” said Clary's landlord.

Friends tell CBS 6 reporter Jon Burkett that Clary is survived by a daughter and aunt who live in the Hopewell area.

The remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine an cause of death.

If you have information that could help investigators, call Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or http://www.crimesolvers.net.

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