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Winston-Salem first responders conduct an investigation Sunday, Jan. 22 at the southwest corner of the intersection of Peters Creek Parkway and Academy Street. The body of Philip Eugene Clement Jr. was found in a nearby ravine.

Winston-Salem police found the body of a dead man in the Peters Creek ravine near the Budget Inn on Peters Creek Parkway on Sunday, but had no immediate information on the man’s identity or cause of death.

Police arrived at the location about 10:50 a.m. Sunday after they responded to a call about what appeared to be a body.

Peters Creek passes through a ravine more than 20 feet deep on the west side of Peters Creek Parkway near the intersection of that road and Academy Street. Multiple police cars responded and several fire engines as well.

Authorities located the body and used a fire ladder extended from the Peters Creek Parkway guard rail down the steep bank of the ravine to get to it. A stretcher was carried down the ladder and used to bring the covered body up from the creek about 2:30 p.m. A police forensics van showed up and technicians could be seen working out of the back of the van.

A little later, an unmarked gray van arrived and the body was loaded into the back of the van and driven away.

Police said that emergency medical personnel who arrived confirmed that the body was that of a deceased male. No further description was released.

Police said the next step would be to conduct an autopsy to determine the man’s cause of death and his identity.

While police and other authorities carried out their work, the westernmost southbound lane of Peters Creek Parkway was closed off. Traffic still passed through southbound on the other lane, and northbound traffic was not affected.

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