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Police say Franklin body could be missing man

Thursday - 3/6/2014, 2:03pm  ET

FLOYD, Va. (AP) -- Police say a body found in Franklin County is believed to be that of a 92-year-old Floyd County man who has been missing since last November.

The Floyd County Sheriff's Office tells media outlets that an individual reported finding the body and a vehicle shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The sheriff's office says deputies from both counties went to the scene near the county line. They found the body near a vehicle matching the description of Robert Schmitt's vehicle. The body has been sent to the Medical Examiner's Office in Roanoke for identification.

Schmitt was last seen on Nov. 16, 2013.

Police believe Schmitt opened a gate and drove into a field. The car then went about 100 yards down a ravine, hit several trees and landed near a creek.


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