UPDATE: Body Found In Virginia Motel That Of Missing Jacksonville Marine

The Onslow County sheriff's office reports a body found by the Petersburg Police Department in Virginia is that of a Marine reported missing by his wife from Onslow County on September 2.

The Marine has been identified as 21-year-old PFC Ryan Robert Smith of Trumbull, Ohio.

Smith was an infantryman assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, NC. He joined the Marine Corps in July 2012 and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from September to December of 2013. His personal awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Medal, and NATO Medal- ISAF Afghanistan according to the Marine Corps.

The Marine Corps also says they are cooperating with local authorities in their investigation and the corps is conducting its own investigation into the circumstances of Smith's death.

The sheriff's office reports the cause of death is under investigation.


Previous Story:

A man found dead in a in a Petersburg, Virginia motel could be a man missing from Jacksonville, according to Petersburg police.

Petersburg police have not positively confirmed that information -- saying only that it appears to be the same person missing.

A vehicle the man parked at that Super 8 Motel has a Jacksonville dealer's name on it -- as well as Marine Corps apparel in the back window.

The body was found just after midnight Thursday.

Police in Petersburg say they were alerted to the room after running water breached an adjacent guest's room.


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