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National Park Service identify body found in river as missing Bedford County man

Search operations for Brent Gibson started March 3

National Park Service said they've recovered the body of a missing man.


Authorities identified the body that was found on Wednesday by multiple agencies.

National Park Service along with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office recovered a body near Rutrough Point on the Roanoke River.

The park service says the body was that of missing 26-year-old Brent Gibson, of Bedford County.

Search operations for Gibson started March 3 near the Roanoke River Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway.


A body was found in a lake in Bedford County on Wednesday, according to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities from multiple agencies responded to a call that reported a body in the lake in the Vinton area of Bedford County.

The Sheriff’s Office said that due to the nature of the incident, the scene was turned over to the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources Conservation Police as well as Law Enforcement Rangers with the National Park Service for further investigation.

Other agencies that initially assisted were Bedford County Fire and Rescue, Hardy Volunteer Fire Department and the Smith Mountain Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

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