Authorities identify body of woman recovered from New River in Pulaski County

Happened in the area of 4000 Clarks Ferry Road

PULASKI COUNTY, Va.UPDATE - Jan. 24, 2023

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office has identified the body of a woman who was recovered from the New River on Jan. 21.

The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Jamie Leigh Frazier, of Dublin.

The medical examiner has confirmed that her cause of death is a homicide by gunshot wounds.

This comes after the sheriff’s office arrested four people, Ashley Nicole Edwards, Mark David Weiss, Terrence Wade Edwards and Nolan Michael Neil, after a man’s body was found in the New River in Pulaski County on Jan. 14.

Authorities identified the man as 52-year-old Johnny Thomas of Pulaski, whose cause of death was also homicide by gunshot wounds.

We’re told that evidence shows that Thomas was with his girlfriend, Frazier, on Dec. 14, 2022, which was the last date of contact for both of them.

After investigating further, authorities said they learned the two were murdered by 52-year-old Weiss.

A memorial service will be held for Thomas on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. at the Highland Park Community Church.

This remains an ongoing investigation.


ORIGINAL STORY - Jan. 21, 2023

A woman’s body was found in the New River on Saturday, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.

The body was found along with other items of evidentiary value, according to deputies.

Authorities say the body was recovered from the New River along the 4000 block of Clarks Ferry Road.

The body has been transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke, according to deputies.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office says this is an ongoing investigation.


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