NEW DETAILS: Body in Wise Co. confirmed to be male, still unconfirmed to be related to threatening calls made


WISE COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) – UPDATE – New details have been released regarding the unidentified body found in Wise County, Virginia.

According to a release from the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Wise County Central Dispatch received a call Sunday from a man saying he was going to kill his girlfriend at the Inman Village Apartments in Appalachia around 12:30 a.m.

The release also says the caller made threats to harm law enforcement, and they had 30 minutes to respond before the murder.

The sheriff’s office, aided by Appalachia police, Big Stone Gap police and Norton police responded to the apartments.

At the time, law enforcement had no name, address or further information, and the call had come through an internet-based system that couldn’t be linked to a person.

A single round from what appeared to be a firearm was found in the area of the apartment complex, but it could not be determined where the shot came from.

Wise County authorities, with help from the U.S. Marshals, were able to get a callback number to the male subject.

The release says negotiators made several attempts to speak to him, but he was sporadic and gave little information while law enforcement continued to search the complex.

Around 10:00 a.m., dispatch received a call of a deceased man at an apartment in Inman Village.

Authorities arrived and found the man deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.

The two incidents have still not been confirmed to be related to one another.

Two men with active warrants were also located during the initial search of the area, but they were not related to the calls made. The investigation is still ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 276-328-3756.


The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after several suspicious phone calls were in the early hours of Sunday.

According to Colonel Grant Kilgore of the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, somewhere around eight to ten phone calls were made overnight during which the caller “threatened an acquaintance with homicide.”

The investigation into the calls is active and ongoing, and no arrests have been made at this time.

Col. Kilgore also confirmed an unidentified body was found in Appalachia in the area the sheriff’s office was investigating following the calls.

The sheriff’s office says the body was found around 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning, and at this time appears to be the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The scene is currently being processed, but the body is expected to be sent for an autopsy.

The body found has not been confirmed to be related to the investigation into the suspicious phone calls.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned with News Channel 11 on-air and online for updates.

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