Elderly woman’s body found in Clinch River in Russell County, VA


SAINT PAUL, VA (WJHL) – The Russell County Sheriff’s Office tells News Channel 11 the body of an elderly woman was found in the Clinch River near the Saint Paul area.

The woman has been identified as Martha Ellen Gray Powers, 84.

Sheriff Steve Dye says Powers’  unoccupied car was found parked on River Road. Deputies and Saint Paul police said they  found evidence that someone had gone in the river.

Virginia State Police Med-Flight assisted in the search and found Powers’ body in the body of water.

No other details surrounding Powers’ death has been released to the public.

The Russell County Sheriff’s Office and VSP’s criminal investigations division are looking into the case.

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