UPDATE: Cause of death ruled for man found in car in Roanoke River

UPDATE: The medical examiner’s office has ruled that the man found dead in a vehicle in the Roanoke River died of hypothermia. Officials have ruled the death of 24-year-old Mark Crotts as accidental. Rescue crews pulled his body Saturday from a SUV in the water near Vic Thomas Park.

PREVIOUSLY: The body of the adult male pulled for the vehicle found in the Roanoke River on Saturday has been identified as Mark Andrew Crotts, age 24, of Roanoke. The investigation is ongoing.

ORIGINAL POST: At 8:11 this morning [January 6th], Roanoke Police and Roanoke Fire-EMS were dispatched to Vic Thomas Park, behind Black Dog Salvage, after a report of a vehicle being found in the Roanoke River. Upon confirming that there was a vehicle in the river, Roanoke Fire EMS called its Swift Water Rescue Team to the scene. The rescue team found an adult male deceased inside the vehicle. The Roanoke Police Department is handling the investigation. The body was transported to the state medical examiner’s office. The victim’s identity will be released after proper notifications have been made

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