Body found last month in Russell Co. identified as missing Honaker man

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A body found in the Lewis Creek area of Russell County last month is now identified. 

The body was identified as 35-year-old Jason Matthew Shortt of Honaker, VA, according to a joint-release from the Russell County Sheriff’s Department and the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Department. 

Shortt’s vehicle was found in the Lewis Creek area of Russell County and the two agencies began a joint-investigation on Jan. 1, 2019.

On Apr. 27, 2019, The Russell County Sheriff’s Office was alerted of a body discovered in the same general area the vehicle was found. 

The body was sent to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Officer in Roanoke where the body was later confirmed to be that of Jason Matthew Shortt. 

A complete autopsy report is still pending but both Sheriff Dye and Sheriff Foster say there is no evidence of foul play. 

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