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Death Investigation Following Missing Man Found

Salvador Vitervo Ortiz, 31, was reported missing by family members after last being seen on Friday, January 19.

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From RPD:

Following an extensive search by Richmond Police, community groups and family members, the subject of an RPD missing person advisory from last month has been found in a wooded area near Cofer Road.

Salvador Vitervo Ortiz, 31, was reported missing by family members after last being seen on Friday, January 19. His family was concerned after he was last seen walking barefoot in the 3100 block of Richmond Highway that night. The Richmond Police Department searched the area near Richmond Highway, sent advisories to media and the public in English and Spanish and posted the information to social media.

Yesterday, family members found Ortiz in a wooded area in the 2700 block of Cofer Road. They contacted RPD officers who secured the area. The Richmond Ambulance Authority pronounced him dead at the scene. RPD detectives are investigating. There are no signs of foul play.

Anyone with further information is asked to call RPD Major Crimes at (804) 646-6741 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.