Missing Swoope man found dead

Robert Dowdell, 73, was last seen in his home in Swoope. | Credit: Augusta County Sheriff's Office.
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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — Update: Mr. Dowdell was located in the 2500 block of Little Calf Pasture Hwy, deceased around 7 p.m. on September 21.

A separate investigation was launched and his family was notified.

The death is not suspicious and there is no threat to the community. No other details are being released.

“Please join us in respecting the family, and their privacy, during this difficult time," Sheriff Donald Smith said.
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The Augusta County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding 73-year-old Robert Dowdell. According to the Sheriff's Office, Dowdell was last seen at his home in Swoope around 11 a.m. on Friday, September 20.

He was headed to a grocery store in Staunton and left home travelling in a red 2002 Dodge Stratus with VA registration 8098US; he never returned.

Dowdell is 6’2” and weighs 200 lbs. He has grey hair and wears prescription eyglasses. He was last seen wearing pants and a t-shirt. Dowdell has a scar on his forehead and his left calf.

If anyone has any information about this missing man, please contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.