- Last Updated on 07:27 AM 07/19/13
- BY Paula I. Bryant
A preliminary autopsy report on 43-year-old Arthur Ernie Sydnor of Virgilina “does not point to any visible indications of foul play,” Halifax County Sheriff Fred S. Clark said Thursday afternoon.
However, the sheriff said an investigation is continuing as authorities await the full autopsy report from the medical examiner’s office in Richmond.
“There is some indication it may have been some type of medical emergency,” Clark said, adding the full autopsy is expected to reveal an exact cause of death.
A relative discovered Sydnor’s body lying behind a building near a wooded area off White Oak Forks Road Sunday afternoon.
Sydnor, who lived alone at 1213 White Oak Forks Road in Virgilina, was last heard from when he spoke with a friend on the telephone Saturday morning, Clark said.
When a relative went to check on him Sunday around 4:30 p.m., the sheriff said the relative could not find him in the house. It was when she walked to two buildings 50 feet behind the house that she found Sydnor’s lifeless body lying near a wooded area.
Clark said the body showed no visible signs of injury.
While they wait for the full autopsy report, the sheriff said investigators Jeff Burton and Mike Womack continue to actively track down leads into what may have caused Sydnor’s death.
“We are interested in talking with people who may have had contact with Arthur Sydnor late Friday night or early Saturday morning,” Clark said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the investigators at 476-3339.
A funeral for Sydnor will be held today at 3 p.m. at White Oak Fork Baptist Church with the Rev. Glenn Faulkner officiating.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery.