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Body recovered from Roanoke River identified as 40-year-old Roanoke man

Cause of death deemed accidental drowning

Body recovered from Roanoke River
Body recovered from Roanoke River

ROANOKE, Va.UPDATE: March 25, 2021

Authorities have released the cause of death for the man recovered from the Roanoke River last week.

According to the medical examiner, the cause of death for 40-year-old Travis Lee Hill was accidental drowning.

UPDATE: March 24, 2021

Police have identified a body recovered last week from the Roanoke River.

On Wednesday, Roanoke Police have identified the body as 40-year-old Travis Lee Hill, of Roanoke.

Authorities said the cause of death has not been determined and the investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with information about Hill’s whereabouts leading up to March 17 is asked to call 540-853-2212 and share what you know.


Roanoke police are investigating after first responders removed a body from the Roanoke River on Wednesday afternoon.

At 1:09 p.m., fire and rescue workers were called to help police retrieve the body near Roanoke’s Piedmont Park along the Roanoke River Greenway.

After being temporarily closed, the greenway is once again open and authorities have cleared the scene.

The body is now with the medical examiner’s office to determine a cause of death.

Family members of Brent Gibson, a Bedford County man last seen March 3, announced the body found is not Gibson’s.

Stay with 10 News for more on this breaking news story.

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