UPDATE: identity released of man found dead in Sheetz lot

UPDATED JULY 27: The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of the man found dead in a car yesterday at the Sheetz along US 460 in New London. He is 50-year-old Richard Cooper of Salem.  Officials say the cause of death is not determined, but there is no sign of any foul play.

PREVIOUSLY: The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a death after a body was found at the Sheetz parking lot on East Lynchburg Salem Turnpike. A caller contacted police yesterday afternoon to report a man was in a car and appeared not to be breathing. Deputies are working to notify his next of kin. No foul play is suspected.

From Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: The office has identified the deceased man found at Sheetz yesterday as Richard Andrew Cooper, age 50,of Salem, Va. His family has been notified of his death. The cause of death is undetermined. Due to there being no indicators of any foul play, there will be no further investigation by law enforcement into this death.

Previously: Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from the Sheetz on East Lynchburg Salem Turnpike at 2:04 p.m. today. The caller stated there was a man sitting in a vehicle near the gas pumps, who was not breathing. The man was removed from the vehicle and CPR started. Rescue units and Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene. It appears the man had been deceased in the vehicle a while before he was found. Resuscitation efforts were stopped at 2:33 p.m. and he was pronounced dead. The body will be transported to a local funeral home. Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies are working to notify his next of kin. No foul play is suspected….

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