July 8, 2020
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA – Chesterfield County Police are investigating a 2003 case that was recently ruled a homicide.
At about 2:45 p.m. on July 7, 2003, a man’s body was found floating in a private pond in the 9700 block of Coalboro Road. The victim, identified as Charles W. Cole, 79, was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME). At the time, the OCME determined that Cole’s manner and cause of death was accidental drowning and police did not suspect foul play.
Cole’s body was exhumed in February 2019 and the OCME again examined the remains. This time, the examination indicated that Cole had been stabbed multiple times and the OCME determined that his manner of death was homicide. Subsequently, Chesterfield County Police re-classified Cole’s death as a homicide.
Police continue to investigate and urge anyone with information to contact the police department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or through the P3 app.