HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk police is taking the lead in an investigation after a man was found dead Sunday near the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel at Fort Wool.
Dispatch received an emergency call at 9:19 a.m. for an unresponsive adult male in the water. Hampton Police Division’s Marine Patrol Unit, as well as fire and rescue crews, responded to assist with recovery efforts.
The man, who was identified as 46-year-old Kevin Lee Thomas, of Ohio, was pronounced dead on scene.
Police say Thomas was found by a kayaker in the water near the HRBT.
Visitors to Fort Monroe, which is located right across the water, were shocked to hear about the discovery.
“This right here is a real nice community, old military base. You don’t have a lot of drama,” says Michael Branch, who was out fishing with his family.
Willard Moore, who was also out fishing, also agreed the area was fairly quiet.
“Typically we see fishing boats, jet skis, and carriers like that,” Moore says, while pointing to one of the cargo vessels passing through.
Those visitors say they’re not concerned about safety but will be more cautious when they’re out fishing.
“You are going to have me curious tomorrow to see what I am going to bring up on my line but as far as feeling unsafe? No.” says Nicole Garland.
Norfolk say it was determined Thomas was visiting family in Norfolk and was staying at a hotel in Ocean View. Police say foul play is not suspected.
A medical examiner is determining the exact cause of death.
Anyone with information can call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.