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Date:   June 1, 2012






Stephen A. Rubino, Major


Possible drowning in Diascund Creek in James City County


A 71-year-old man from Yorktown was found dead in the Diascund Creek in James City County at 11 a.m. on June 1. His body was found leaning over the edge of a Jon boat with his head and upper torso submerged in the water. A James City County Building Inspector discovered the victim upon arriving at a home on River Drive to perform a scheduled inspection on a pier that the victim was renovating. The home was a second residence for the victim.


The victim was identified as James Mumford Sawhill Jr. He had recovered from by-pass surgery that he had within the past year. There were some papers related to the building permit and inspection found floating in the water in the vicinity. It is suspected that Sawhill may have been attempting to recover these items from the water at the time of his death. An autopsy will be performed at the Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond to determine the cause of death.




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