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Virginia family returns from trip, finds man's body in yard

Virginia family returns from trip, finds man's body in yard
Posted at 10:24 AM, Aug 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-06 08:31:55-04

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - A Virginia family says they returned from a trip to find a man's dead body in their yard.

The Free Lance-Star reports that 48-year-old Scott Mattice discovered the body next to his family's front porch Sunday morning, when he went to get the mower. He says the family had noticed a smell when they returned from Virginia Beach, but weren't initially sure what it was.

Kerrie Mattice said they had got a note from the sheriff's office that a vehicle had crashed into the ditch in front of their house Thursday, but it's unclear whether that was related to the man's death.

Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office Capt. C.A. Carey confirmed the discovery of the body, but says the cause of death and identity is currently unknown.

No arrests have been made.

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