A body discovered Monday afternoon in a wooded area in Freeman is that of a missing Brunswick county resident. The deceased William “Tommy” Beasley was found by a search team about 4:30 p.m. in a densely wooded area about 25 yards downstream in Peebles Mill pond where Beasley’s truck was discovered earlier in the afternoon
Positive identification has been made and the remains have been sent to the Medical Examiner’s office for cause and manner of death.
The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for William Thomas Beasley, 52, who was last seen on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at Woodruff’s Store at Pleasant Shade in Greensville County. He is a black male, weighing 235 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Beasley lives at 7040 Belfield Road, Emporia, which is in Brunswick County.
Sheriff Brian Roberts said the family contacted the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, Jan. 9, to report Beasley missing. He said the investigation began to establish a time line. It has been verified that Beasley was seen on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at his brother’s house, Carl Beasley, with a co-worker “Duck” Fields. At 4:30 p.m. Beasley was seen passing the home of Ivory Scott and at 5 p.m. Beasley was seen at Woodruff’s Store with Duck’s bicycle in the back of the truck he was driving. A short while later, Duck’s bicycle was found on the ground at 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of Belfield Road and Brunswick Road in Greensville County. Roberts said there have been no sightings of Beasley since that time.
Roberts said Beasley has no bank account, no credit cards and no cell phone that could be used to track his whereabouts. He does receive unemployment payment totaling about $200 a week that is placed on an ATM card. Roberts said his daughter uses the ATM card and gives Beasley the cash weekly. The Sheriff’s Office subpoenaed the records and the money for last week is still showing on the card. Roberts said Beasley also missed an appointment on Thursday, Jan. 9 regarding his unemployment benefits.
Roberts said Beasley was last seen driving a Chevrolet extended cab pickup bearing Virginia registration XHK-7632. The truck may have a broken passenger side mirror and the words “mobile unit” written on the tailgate. The subject has been entered into VCIN/NCIC as missing.
Roberts said his department is leading the investigation but working closely with the Greensville County Sheriff’s Office due to some of the circumstances. He encouraged the public to call if they have any information. “There are several factors we considering in ongoing investigation. We are very concerned about Mr. Beasley whereabouts and need the public’s help with this. I would encourage anyone who has information to call us,” Roberts said.
If anyone has any information, please call the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at (434) 848-3133 and ask for Captain Gary Peterson or Sergeant Investigator Jeff Clary, who are the investigating officers or call Brunswick Crime Solvers at (434) 848-2336 or 1 (866) 884-5732. All information will be kept anonymous and you will not be required to testify in court. You could receive a reward up to $1,000.