Update: Missing teen’s body found with several gunshot wounds

Posted at 11:50 PM, Jan 12, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-14 19:18:01-05

Hampton, Va. - The body of a missing Hampton teen was found in a wooded area on Thomas Street behind the former Mary Peak Elementary School on Sunday evening.

Jeramiah Elijah Kimble, 19, was last seen on January 4th and was reported missing by his girlfriend on January 8th.

Officers used K9 units and interviewed family and friends to try and track down his last whereabouts.

On Sunday evening Kimble's family organized a search party in effort to locate him. They subsequently located his body in the wooded area behind Mary Peake Elementary School.

Longtime friend Kahvon Davis got the news last night. He doesn't know what happened but says right now, he's not thinking about it.

"I don't care too much about that. I just know he's gone. No matter how he went, he's gone," he says.

Police say the preliminary investigation indicates that Kimble had suffered from gunshot wounds to the upper and lower body and had been in the woods for several days.

The circumstances and motive surrounding his death are unknown. At this time, there is no suspect information.

On Monday night, friends and family gathered for a candlelight vigil for the teen.

"Tonight is actually the first time I cried," says Kimble's father, Carlos Winston.

He says when his son went missing on Jan. 4th, he knew something was seriously wrong.

"I know my son wouldn't leave his mother without contacting her first ever," says Winston.

Jeremiah's father says he knows sooner or later, his son's killer or killers will be caught.

Anyone with information that will assist police is encouraged to contact the Hampton Police Division at 727-6111 or Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.