Body of missing Roanoke County man found on hiking trail


    (Roanoke Co. Police)

    UPDATE: 4 p.m.

    The Roanoke County Police working with the Roanoke County Fire & Rescue, as well as the Virginia Department of Emergency Management have located the body of Paul Youmans who had been reported missing since Monday.

    Youmans was located shortly after 1 p.m. in an area that had previously been noted as an area of interest off the hiking trail leading to Dragon's Tooth.

    Police state he was found dead from what appears to be a self-inflicted wound.

    Officials will continue to work in the area throughout the evening as they conduct an investigation.

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    ROANOKE Co., Va. (WSET) -- Roanoke County police are asking for those interested in assisting in the search for a missing man in Dragon's Tooth area is avoid the trail.

    They said the operation involves specially trained technical rescue personnel and police operating in very hazardous terrain and adverse weather conditions.

    Although police are grateful for the offers from citizens to help with the search, they said it could hamper the ability for the dogs to track scents, which can interfere with the operation.

    Police said they are also concerned that someone might sustain injuries while trying to navigate the hazardous terrain, pulling resources away from the operation to tend to them.

    Paul Youmans was reported missing Monday after people conducted a well-being check in the 3600 block of Georgetown Road.

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    During their investigation, officials found Youmans' car in the parking lot for the Dragon's Tooth hike in Catawba.

    Roanoke County Police and Fire & Rescue along with a local blood hound tracking group are searching the trail.

    The investigation remains active.

    If you have information on this case, call Roanoke County Emergency Communications Center at (540)562-3265.

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