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Virginia State Police Sr. Trooper J.T. Fariss is continuing the investigation of this unattended death in Prince Edward County.
At 1:21 p.m., Sunday (Feb. 12), State Trooper Fariss responded to a call for a traffic crash off of Route 765 in Prince Edward County. Once at the scene, the trooper located a 2011 Toyota Camry in the woods off the isolated stretch of road and a deceased female with the vehicle.
The remains were positively identified as Ruth A. Howard, 64, of Lunenburg County, Va.
The cause of death does not appear to be consistent with a traffic crash nor of a suspicious nature. The cause and manner of death remain under investigation at this time.
Sheriff Arthur Townsend also issued the following release from the Lunenburg County Sheriff’s Office as an update on Sunday:
“Sheriff Arthur Townsend is updating the public on a missing persons case from last week. Ruth Alice Howard was found dead in her wrecked vehicle in Prince Edward County earlier today.
A citizen spotted her vehicle in the woods and reported the apparent accident to the authorities. Once at the scene, State Trooper Fariss located the vehicle in the woods on the isolated stretch of road and a deceased female with the vehicle.
The cause of death does not appear to be consistent with a traffic crash nor of a suspicious nature, and is still under investigation.
Ms. Howard’s family has been notified, and her body is being transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Richmond to ascertain more information.
Ms. Howard left her home on February 6, 2017 driving a 2011 Toyota Camry sedan and was last seen that morning at Prior’s Country Store in the Nutbush area of Lunenburg County.
The Virginia State Police and Prince Edward County Sheriff’s Office are conducting the investigation. For more information, contact Corinne Geller with the Virginia State Police at 804-674-2789.