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Scott County man found dead

Wes Bunch • Aug 12, 2013 at 7:46 PM

GATE CITY — Authorities are investigating the death of a Scott County man whose body was reportedly found over the weekend tangled in a barbed-wire fence behind his residence.

The Scott County Sheriff’s Office identified the man Monday afternoon as Levi Vermillion, 28, 148 Fiddle Drive, Hiltons.

Scott County Sheriff John Puckett said Vermillion’s body was sent to the state forensics lab in Roanoke Monday to undergo an autopsy.

The cause of Vermillion’s death is being withheld by the medical examiner’s office pending the results of toxicology tests, Puckett said.

Vermillion’s body was discovered by a family member at about 11 a.m. Sunday, Puckett said.

Puckett said Vermillion had apparently become tangled in a barbed-wire fence before he died. He said the fence was located about 200 yards behind Vermillion’s house on Fiddle Drive.

Vermillion was reportedly last seen by family members at about 9 p.m. Saturday.

Authorities said Vermillion had left the residence after becoming involved in an argument with his wife.

Vermillion had reportedly still not returned home when his wife woke up early Sunday morning, Puckett said.

After Vermillion failed to show up later in the morning, Puckett said family members became increasingly worried and began searching the area around the house for any signs of his whereabouts.

Puckett said authorities were contacted immediately after Vermillion’s body was found tangled in the fence.

Although foul play is not suspected, Puckett said the death — and the circumstances surrounding it — are still under investigation by the Scott County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division.

Puckett said the results of the toxicology tests would likely be released in the coming days.

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