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FANCY GAP — Exposure appears be a possible cause of a death for a Surry County, N.C., man found near milemarker 202 of the Blue Ridge Parkway on Saturday, according to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.
Carroll Deputy Cody Edwards responded along with a parkway ranger to the scene of a single-vehicle accident on Dec. 7 at about 10:47 a.m., according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
The ranger ran a license check on the gold SUV at that location and found it was registered to Grover Cleveland Davis, 76, who had been reported missing since Dec. 5.
When North Carolina authorities issued a “silver alert” for Davis last Thursday, they said they believed he might suffer from dementia.
Law enforcement officials located Davis’ body in a ditch about 25 yards away from the vehicle, Gardner said.
It appeared that Davis had left the vehicle and been exposed to the elements during cold weather.
The state medical examiner’s office in Roanoke is doing an autopsy.