Former Franklin man, 18, dies in Richmond

Published 9:07 am Wednesday, August 11, 2010

RICHMOND—Richmond Police said they are continuing to investigate the death of a former Franklin man.

Jonathon McCoy Willis, 18, was found dead underneath a car at 7 p.m. Aug. 4 at a Dorchester Road location, said Karla Peters, spokeswoman for Richmond Police.

“He was found beneath the car and it appears he was working on the car,” Peters said.

Police responded after receiving a 911 call, she said.

Because the investigation continues, no ruling has been made in Willis’ death, Peters said.

Police did not indicate whether or not Willis was working on the car at his home, but his mother, Shirley Long of Franklin, told The Tidewater News he was at his home. Long understands her son was working on the car at his home and had it jacked up.

“The jack didn’t hold it up and (the car) fell on him,” Long said.

Willis’ brother, Joseph Pope of Emporia, heard Willis has been dead for three days before he was found.

Peters said she did not see anything in the police report about Willis having the accident three days earlier.

Willis, who would’ve turned 19 on Saturday, moved to Richmond about one year ago, his mother said. He lived there with a girlfriend.