Body found in Portsmouth neighborhood confirmed as missing man

Nathaniel Lockley (Photo courtesy Edna Lockley)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The body of a man found near a Portsmouth neighborhood has been confirmed as a 60-year-old missing man.

Police say the body of Nathaniel Lockley was found Wednesday in a pond off Peach Orchard Circle in Churchland.

Lockley had been last seen in that area on Nov. 25.

10 On Your Side’s Erin Kelly spoke to Lockley’s wife, who said he was a loving and giving man. They met online.

“We started corresponding and then, the day I fell in love with Nathaniel, Nathaniel sent me a three-page love letter. My first love letter. I was 57-years-old. So that kind of sealed the deal,” said Edna Lockley.

He was the kind of man who would make a sandwich and bring it to someone hungry, she said.

“They always say that you can always tell the measure of a man by the people that miss him when they’re gone. My husband is missed and he is truly loved.”

She said Nathaniel went to the commissary on Nov. 25, his nephew dropped him off at a corner store, then Nathaniel was supposed to walk home. Mrs. Lockley said he made that walk all the time, but must have taken a shortcut that day.

“After seeing that area, I think he fell in that water in the dark; I do. That he couldn’t get out of there.”

Lockley said she plans to remember him as the character he was, smiling and cracking jokes.

“Sometimes we kind of take things and people for granted, but it’s the little things that they do, you know, that you miss.”

The Medical Examiner is working to determine the cause of death.

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