Suffolk teen’s death ruled accidental

WAVY/Liz Palka

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A teenager’s death in Suffolk has been ruled accidental, according to Diana Klink with the City of Suffolk.

Klink said officers and Suffolk Fire & Rescue crews were called to the 4000 block of Miles Avenue in the Pughsville neighborhood at 3:23 p.m. Saturday.

Family members found a 15-year-old boy about a half mile into a wooded area, according to police.

Firefighters were seen taking ladders into the woods. The bottom half of Miles Avenue was closed for several hours as police investigated.

Klink confirmed the teenager did live on the street, but neighbors told WAVY News’ Liz Palka they weren’t sure who the boy was.

“Sometimes things happen in your life that you just can’t simply get over,” said Sandra Martina, who lives on the street. “And that’s got to be one of the most devastating things to have to deal with today, tomorrow, or even in the future.”

Police originally listed the teen’s death as “undetermined”, but the status changed to accidental following a preliminary investigation, Klink told Monday.


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