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Family confirms body found in water is missing man Leon Francis

The body was spotted in Lee's Mill Park in Newport News. Family members confirmed the body was that of their loved one who had been missing for a month.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Newport News police found a body in the water on Sunday that family members later confirmed was that of their missing loved one, Leon Francis.

Dispatchers got a call around 3 p.m. about a body being found in the 200 block of Rivers Ridge Circle, near Warwick Boulevard and the Warwick River. 

At a vigil planned for Sunday evening, family members confirmed the remains were 62-year-old Leon Francis, who's been missing for over a month. Police found his body about a mile from where he lived.

Francis' wife Daphne Thompson-Francis said she remembered her last moment with Leon.

"I remember the last time I saw him that Tuesday morning on the 14th of January. We kissed, we said good morning. And we always said I love you each and every time whenever I'd go to work, whenever I had appointments, that's what we did," Daphne said. 

Daphne and her family had a candlelight vigil to celebrate Leon's life Sunday night.

"At least we know he's at peace now. But we know he's gone home, to a better home and we're going to miss him," Daphne said.

Police said the body appeared to have been in the water for a long period of time.

Francis' body will be sent to the Medical Examiner's Office where a cause of death will be determined.

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