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Remington man found dead in a ditch on Thanksgiving Day

Wednesday, Dec. 4 | By Mark Grandstaff | Google+
Sheriff's deputies found a homeless man dead in a ditch from hypothermia near Remington on Thanksgiving morning.

On Nov. 28, around 6 a.m., Remington Volunteer Fire and Rescue workers were called to Roger Jenkins, 52, who was found dead in a ditch at the intersection of Freemans Ford Road and James Madison Highway.

Arthur Gatewood of Remington came to the Remington Rescue Squad building and said he was riding his bike through town when he discovered Jenkins, said Lt. James Hartman, spokesman for the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office.

A search warrant filed in Fauquier County Circuit Court shows the sheriff's office investigated Jenkins's death as a homicide. An autopsy showed that hypothermia, not foul play, killed Jenkins, Hartman said.

After an investigation, deputies learned that Jenkins and Gatewood had spent the previous evening drinking alcohol at a nearby garage on Freemans Ford Road, according to a search warrant affidavit filed by Det. Strick Payne.

Gatewood told deputies he found Jenkins's body outside of the garage on Thanksgiving morning.

“Mr. Gatewood stated he removed the body to [the ditch] in an effort to remove it from the immediate area,” Payne said in the affidavit.

Deputies charged Gatewood with unlawful disposal of a body, a class one misdemeanor, Hartman said. Gatewood is being held in jail without bond.

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