IOW sheriff’s office investigating after 62-year-old found dead under suspicious circumstances, missing vehicle recovered in Newport News

Isle of Wight

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — The Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a death investigation after a 62-year-old man was found dead inside his home on Bethany Church Road Monday.

According to a spokesperson from the Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office, the call for the incident came in around 1:20 p.m. Monday regarding an unresponsive man at a home in the 13000 of Bethany Church Road.

A neighbor of the victim came over to the home to cut the grass and found the victim unresponsive in the kitchen area. They called 911.

Deputies responded to the home and found 62-year-old Donald Clarke dead inside the home.

The sheriff’s office said circumstances surrounding the death appear to be suspicious.

At the time authorities discovered the victim’s body, deputies say it appeared that someone had entered the home by force and that items were missing from the home.

“There are some signs of suspicious nature, throughout the resident and outside the residence. I can’t get into specific details,” said Capt. Tommy Potter with the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office.

The medical examiner’s office in Norfolk was contacted and responded to the scene. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia will conduct the autopsy and has not yet issued a cause and manner of death.

The sheriff’s office said the vehicle belonging to Clarke was missing from his home, but was later recovered in Newport news two days later.

No further information has been released.

Those with information can submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-888-LOCK-U-UP, downloading the P3 tips app to a mobile device, or visiting and submitting a tip.

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