FORT LEE, Virginia – Police officers with the Fort Lee Provost Marshal’s Office located the remains of a deceased man in the Blackwater Swamp area on post this afternoon during a search conducted jointly with the Petersburg and Prince George County police departments.

Special agents with the Army Criminal Investigation Division at Fort Lee are investigating the death of the man, who has not yet been identified.

The joint search was conducted to locate Eli Cranston, 32, a Petersburg man reported missing since April 25. His car was found abandoned near Courthouse Road and Bull Hill Road in Prince George County.


Fort Lee is the Army’s Home of Sustainment and supports the training, education and development of adaptive Army logistics professionals. Major organizations on the installation include the Defense Commissary Agency, Defense Contract Management Agency, Combined Arms Support Command, the Army Logistics University, U.S. Army Ordnance School, U.S. Army Quartermaster School and U.S. Army Transportation School. Fort Lee supports more than 90,000 Soldiers, retirees, veterans, family members and civilian employees in the local area with a regional economic impact of about $2.4 billion per year.

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