On Saturday, February 18th, rangers investigated a report of a dead man on the beach along the Colonial Parkway. Park visitors reported that the body was on the James River shoreline less than one mile from the Archer’s Hope parking area. Rangers and James City County PD officers identified the victim as a 22-year-old Newport News man. He had a gunshot wound to the chest, which on the scene observations and the preliminary investigation indicate was self-inflicted. The handgun was found on his chest, with one shell casing was located next to the body. Rangers and officers will be conducting an investigation.