FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 2, 2014
John W. Jones, Executive Director
Virginia Sheriffs’ Association
Greensville County Sheriff’s DeputyPercy Lee House III
Found Deceased In Apparent Car Accident
GREENSVILLE COUNTY, VA – Early this morning, Percy Lee House III, the Greensville County Sheriff’s Deputy missing since Friday morning, was found deceased in his vehicle located in a creek off of Massie Branch Road in Greensville County.
While the Virginia State Police is in the midst of conducting a full investigation, the accident is reported to be the result of icy road conditions. Before midnight, a dive team was dispatched to the scene not far from where the vehicle was last reported driving.
“I want to thank my staff, volunteers from our community, and public safety agencies from the surrounding area for their quick response and support over the last 24 hours,” said Greensville County Sheriff James Edwards. “The loss of Deputy Lee House III to our close department and our community is tragic and unexpected. Please keep his family and all of our first responders in your thoughts and prayers.”
After Deputy House was reported missing, Greensville County first responders were joined by the State Police, the Emporia Police Department, the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, as well as Sheriff’s departments in Brunswick, Northampton, Southampton, and Sussex.
Deputy House, 52, last made contact with the Greensville County Sheriff’s Office about 9:24 a.m. on Friday. Deputy House was last spotted in the small town of Skippers in Greensville County. The Greensville Sheriff’s Office sent a “be on the lookout” notice to all law enforcement agencies nationwide around 3pm.
John W. Jones, Executive Director of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association, offered sentiments from sheriffs around the Commonwealth: “The Virginia Sheriffs family is saddened today by the loss of Deputy Sheriff Lee House. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the Greensville County Sheriff’s Office for this tragic loss.”
If you have information that could assist in the investigation, please call the Greensville County Sheriff’s Office at 434-348-4200.