Smyth Search

K9 units scour the Greenway Avenue and Dalton Street area of Marion, searching for a suspect who abandoned his vehicle and fled from police Wednesday afternoon. 

A two-hour search for a man who police say abandoned his vehicle and fled from deputies came up empty Wednesday afternoon.

Smyth County Sheriff Chip Shuler said the search began around 2 p.m. after Deputy Roger Dowell saw a vehicle driving recklessly on Dalton Street in Marion. 

Dowell followed the vehicle as it turned in behind a business, where the driver and a female passenger abandoned it and took off on foot, Shuler said.

Aided by officers with the Marion Police Department, Virginia State Police and U.S. Forestry Service, the sheriff’s office scoured neighborhoods and around buildings to no avail.

Police called off the search around 4 p.m. and forensic evidence was collected from the abandoned vehicle. Shuler said that evidence will be sent to a forensic lab to help identify the driver.

The suspect is described as a young white male with a facial tattoo that extends down the left side of his neck. He was wearing oversized blue jeans and a T-shirt.

Shuler said the matter remains under investigation and asks that anyone with information on the identity of the driver call the sheriff’s office at 276-783-7204.

Shuler extended his thanks to all agencies involved for their quick response to the scene.

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