UPDATE: State police have identified three bodies recovered after an SUV was swept into the Rockfish River in Nelson County last week, and two people remain missing.   Police have recovered the bodies of 17-year-old Christopher W. Doss and 30-year-old Pharoah M. Shabazz of Arrington, and 11-year-old Jasiah Davis of Arrington, Va.    Police are still looking for the  bodies of an 18-year-old male and a 12-year-old male who were also in the vehicle.  Police say Shabazz was the court-appointed legal guardian of three of the passengers. The fourth passenger was a friend.  The believe the SUV tried to cross the flooded Rockfish River at a low river crossing on Bridgeport Lane and was swept away by the strong current.  

Here is more information from State Police:

UPDATE: Virginia State Police has identified the 11-year-old recovered on Dec. 27, 2022 as Jasiah Davis of Arrington, Va. In addition, further investigation revealed that Mr. Shabazz was the court-appointed legal guardian of three of the passengers. The fourth passenger was a friend.

At 11:41 a.m. on Dec. 27, 2022, the Virginia State Police was alerted to a submerged vehicle in the Rockfish River near the intersection of Bridgeport Lane and Johnson Hollow in Nelson County. State police is still working to determine the exact date the vehicle was washed into the river.

At this stage of the investigation, it appears that a 1997 Toyota 4Runner tried to cross the flooded Rockfish River at a low river crossing on Bridgeport Lane and was swept away by the strong current. The crossing is on private property.

The bodies of Christopher W. Doss, 17, of Arrington, Va., and Jasiah Davis, 11, of Arrington, Va., were located on the riverbank.


Once the Toyota was retrieved from the river, troopers recovered the body of Pharoah M. Shabazz, 30, of Arrington, Va., from inside the vehicle.

State police are told there were two additional individuals inside the Toyota – an 18-year-old male and a 12-year-old male. VSP Search and Recovery Team divers returned to the Rockfish River on Jan. 3, 2023 to resume search efforts for the two still believed missing. Unfortunately, the daylong search efforts did not result in the bodies being located. The VSP SRT divers are continuously assessing the water levels to determine which day is best to return and conduct another search of the river.

VSP Aviation Division, Virginia Department of Emergency Management search teams, the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources and the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office have been assisting with the ongoing search and investigative efforts.


None of the individuals were related. The incident remains under investigation.

EARLIER: State police have identified two of three bodies after an SUV was swept into the Rockfish River in Nelson County last week, and two people remain missing. 

Police have recovered the bodies of 17-year-old Christopher W. Doss and 30-year-old Pharoah M. Shabazz of Arrington, and an 11-year-old male whose remains they’re waiting to confirm. 

 
They’re evaluating river conditions to determine when they can recover the bodies of an 18-year-old male and a 12-year-old male who were also in the vehicle. The believe the SUV tried to cross the flooded Rockfish River at a low river crossing on Bridgeport Lane and was swept away by the strong current. The crossing is on private property. 

Here is more information from Virginia State Police:

At 11:41 a.m. on Dec. 27, 2022, the Virginia State Police was alerted to a submerged vehicle in the Rockfish River near the intersection of Bridgeport Lane and Johnson Hollow in Nelson County. State police is still working to determine the exact date the vehicle was washed into the river.

At this stage of the investigation, it appears that a 1997 Toyota 4Runner tried to cross the flooded Rockfish River at a low river crossing on Bridgeport Lane and was swept away by the strong current. The crossing is on private property.

The bodies of Christopher W. Doss, 17, of Arrington, Va., and what are believed to be the remains of an 11-year-old male were located on the riverbank. State police is still waiting for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond to confirm the identity of the younger juvenile.


Once the Toyota was retrieved from the river, troopers recovered the body of Pharoah M. Shabazz, 30, of Arrington, Va., from inside the vehicle.

State police are told there were two additional individuals inside the Toyota – an 18-year-old male and a 12-year-old male. VSP Search and Recovery Team divers returned to the Rockfish River on Jan. 3, 2023 to resume search efforts for the two still believed missing. Unfortunately, the daylong search efforts did not result in the bodies being located. The VSP SRT divers are continuously assessing the water levels to determine which day is best to return and conduct another search of the river.

VSP Aviation Division, Virginia Department of Emergency Management search teams, the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources and the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office have been assisting with the ongoing search and investigative efforts.


None of the individuals were related. The incident remains under investigation.