Family mourns death of man found behind Portsmouth gas station


Posted on March 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 12:58 PM

Body found behind Royal Farms

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PORTSMOUTH -- A man was found dead Tuesday in a man-made water retention area behind a Portsmouth gas station.

Det. Jan Westerbeck told that someone reported seeing something suspicious behind the new Royal Farms on Towne Point Road in Churchland around 10:00 a.m.

"Officers from Chesapeake and Portsmouth got to the scene and discovered a man's body in the water," Westerbeck stated.

Family members say the man is their loved one, 53-year-old Wayne Taylor of Portsmouth. They told 13News reporter Cleve Bryan that he'd been missing since March 2.

"Friday evening, he didn't come home.  Saturday, he didn't come home at all," said brother Gregory Taylor.  "When he didn't come home Sunday, that's when we notified the police and filed a missing person report."

Taylor lived alone in the 5800 block of Campbell Street. He didn't have a job at the time of his death, but he worked construction for 27 years, his family said.

Taylor was known to walk in the area of Churchland Blvd. and Townpointe Rd doing favors like taking out the trash for local businesses.

They also said police did a K-9 search near Royal Farms for several hours last Friday but found nothing.

"It's just been pure hell, described Taylor's cousin Cheryl Robertson.  "Couldn't eat, come out here on a daily basis, alking, looking, hoping to find him."

The medical examiner will work to determine how Taylor died.

At this time, police say there are no apparent signs of foul play.