Police investigating man's death as suspicious in Smithfield

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Posted at 3:58 PM, Oct 04, 2021

SMITHFIELD, Va. - Police are investigating after a man was found dead in a home.

Around 1:30 p.m., the Isle of Wight County 9-1-1 center got a call concerning an unresponsive male in a residence in the 13000 block of Bethany Church Rd.

Police said a neighbor was at that location to cut the grass for the male who lives there.

That neighbor, when attempting to contact the homeowner, discovered the body and made the call to 9-1-1.

62-year-old Donald Clarke was found dead in the home. Investigators said this is being investigated as a suspicious death; police said that when they discovered Clarke’s body, it was apparent to law enforcement that someone had entered the residence by force and that items were missing from the home.

A vehicle belonging to Clarke was also reported missing from the residence. Police said Wednesday that it was found in Newport News.

The Medical Examiner Office in Norfolk was contacted and responded to the scene. Clarke's body will be taken to the OCME in Norfolk for an autopsy, according to police.

If you know the whereabouts of this vehicle, contact your local law enforcement agency or the crime line at 1-888- LOCK U Up or submit a tip to the P3tips app or at