Female body pulled from river in Smyth County

Photo credit: Virginia State Police

UPDATE: 11:25 a.m.

Virginia State Police confirmed that around 8:50 a.m. Thursday, a female body was found about two to three miles from a vehicle crash which occurred near Deans Branch Bridge in Smyth County Wednesday evening.

The body was recovered and will be transported to Roanoke for autopsy.

The investigation is ongoing.


UPDATE: 10:25 a.m.

Officials have confirmed one body has been recovered from the Holston River in Smyth County.

There is no further information currently available.

We will have updates as they become available.


The search is expanding after a car is found in the South Fork of the Holston River in Smyth County.

According to Virginia State Police, they are "still actively investigating" the scene in the Adwolfe area.

Troopers now confirm they are searching for the driver of the vehicle.

A specialized search and rescue team has been called in.

Emergency Management Director Charles Harrington tells News 5 the car has been removed from the river.

The call came in around 8 p.m. Wednesday to a car floating down the South Fork of the Holston River. Troopers believe the car could have floated up to a mile in high, fast-moving water before it crashed into a bridge and was removed by emergency crews.

No one was in the vehicle, but crews do have reason to believe someone had been in the car at some point. Crews will begin with a land search as they wait for water levels to recede.

Stay with News 5 and for the latest in this developing story.

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