On November 8, 2020, at approximately 12:20 pm, the Martinsville-Henry County Emergency 911 Center received a call that a vehicle had been located over a steep embankment in the 2900 block of Chestnut Knob Road, Ridgeway, VA.
Deputies responded and discovered a 2002 Toyota Solara, silver in color with Virginia license plate number VC-3019. This vehicle was sought in connection with the missing person investigation of Jeneen Lavita Valentine, 58, of Chestnut Knob Road, Ridgeway, VA. Human remains were located inside the vehicle. The remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the Western District of Virginia for identification and an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.
The vehicle appears to have been traveling North on Chestnut Knob Road when it exited the roadway and went over the embankment. The vehicle came to rest in an area of brush and heavy vegetation where it was difficult to see until the foliage fell.
The vehicle crash is currently under investigation by the Virginia State Police.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has sent a body to the Medical Examiner in Roanoke, but they suspect it may be that of Jeneed Lavita Jamison Valentine, a 58-year-old Ridgeway woman who has been missing since July 3. The body was found in a vehicle at the bottom of an embankment in the Chestnut Knob area of Henry County. The vehicle matches Valentine’s car. The Virginia State Police are investigating, but appearances suggest Valentine may have lost control of her vehicle and crashed.