NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Police in Newport News have identified a man found dead in a car Wednesday morning. The case is now being investigated as a homicide.
Newport News police say residents in the 100 block of Ash Avenue called 911 around 8:15 a.m. Rod Anthony said he was on the phone with his girlfriend when she told him of a suspicious car parked on the street with a man inside. So, he went to check it out.
“And I found him in the car with glass on his lap, slumped over,” Anthony said. “And I told her to call police, and she did, and it turns out he was dead.”
Officers responded to the scene near 19th Street and the James River and found 36-year-old James Arthur Miller, Jr., of Hampton in the front seat. Medics pronounced him dead at the scene.
A relative, Garcia Whigham, told WAVY.com Miller was found in his own car. Just how long he was there or how he died remains unclear.
“He was one of the most caring, realest dudes I ever met in my life,” Whigham said. “He don’t bother nobody. I don’t understand it. It had to be over something petty, but best believe it will come to light.”
He said he last saw his cousin around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when Miller was at home watching television. Whigham said Miller earned his living as a landscaper and that he grew up in the area. He finds his death devastating.
“Somebody better say something. Somebody gonna tell me something. Somebody gonna give me some type of answers. I swear. Somebody gonna give me some type of answers, because this ain’t right.”
Police have not released any additional information at this time, but said it is an ongoing investigation. Miller’s body was sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death.
Anyone with information that could help detectives in this case is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
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