ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — The body found in an Isle of Wight retention pond Friday is that of a Newport News man who had last been seen in the Chuckatuck area of Suffolk on New Year’s Eve, a Suffolk spokesperson confirmed.

The spokesperson confirmed the body was that of Robert Bailey, 69, of Newport News, who had last been seen leaving the home of a family member in the Chuckatuck area Dec. 31. He had told witnesses he was heading back to his home in Newport News and had been seen driving a light blue 1998 Dodge Ram.

Virginia State Police, the lead investigator in the crash, has notified his next-of-kin. Suffolk Police is investigating the missing person.

According to the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office, the call for the incident came in around 11:30 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Carrollton Boulevard and Brewers Neck Boulevard.

The call stated that there was a body floating in the retention pond.

A spokesperson for Virginia State Police says the preliminary investigation reveals that a 1998 Dodge vehicle had run off the road and into the retention pond.

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The Carrollton Volunteer Fire Department was the first to respond to the scene, and the Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Department, along with the Newport News Search & Rescue Team, also responded to the scene. VSP said the search and rescue team was able to locate and recover the body.