Sometimes, traveling customers or motorcyclists will camp out at night behind the Hanover County-based Richmond Harley-Davidson dealer on Route 1. Usually, they pack up and leave in the morning.
But what awaited Gary Busic, a service manager at the motorcycle dealer, Wednesday morning came as a shock. Busic found the body of a yet-to-be-identified white male, who appeared to be in his mid- to late-50s, on the ground behind the business.
“I knew he passed away before I could get out of the car,” said Busic, who also used to work as a police officer for 11 years in Stafford, Spotsylvania and Caroline counties.
Busic said he did not recognize the deceased man, who was wearing a red and white plaid shirt and khaki pants and looked yellow when first found at approximately 8:20 a.m. yesterday.
The deceased male’s knuckles appeared bloody and “his leg was wrapped around behind him,” based on Busic’s observations. He said there did not appear to be any other visible wounds.
There were also a couple of baseball caps lying on the ground at least a few feet away to the left of the male’s body, Busic said. One hat had a camouflage pattern.
“They were obviously a part of that scene,” he said.
Busic said some people told him they had seen the individual “riding a bike” on Washington Highway, but that has not been officially confirmed. Others thought the man may have been homeless, but Busic said he did not believe that to be true because the tread on the male’s shoes did not appear to be worn.
“That’s not something you’d expect to see on a homeless individual,” he said.
In addition, earlier that morning it had rained, but Busic said he noticed that the male’s body seemed “fairly dry.”
Lt. Chris Whitley said today that there was no new information to report. The sheriff’s office first notified media outlets of its death investigation yesterday, after responding to the scene Wednesday morning.
Sheriff’s office investigators continue to work with the medical examiner’s office in an effort to determine the cause and manner of death, as well as to identify the deceased, Whitley said. That investigation remains ongoing.