Body found by hikers in Wise County, VA identified as missing 24-year-old man

WISE COUNTY, VA (WJHL) – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office has identified the body of a man who was found by two hikers on Sunday afternoon.

The medical examiner has identified the man as 24-year-old Cody Allen Deel, of Coeburn, VA.

The sheriff’s office says that he was report missing on August 10, 2016.

The cause of his death is unknown at this time and remains under investigation.

On Sunday afternoon about 2:30 p.m., the Wise County Sheriff’s Office received a call that a body had been found in the Guest River Gorge in the Coeburn, VA.

Although investigators are still trying to determine a cause of death, they are asking for your help for any other details concerning Deel’s death. If you have any information that can help investigators contact Lt. Tim Wagner at 276-328-3566 or You can also email our tip line,

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