20 Ft. Ditch Rescue Turns into Criminal Investigation


FREDERICK COUNTY, Va. - The Frederick County Sheriff's Office believes William Anderson, 45, of Bluemont is a victim of crime.

Anderson was rescued by Frederick County Fire & Rescue crews on Wednesday from a 20 ft. deep ditch on the corner of Dodge Avenue and Eastside Lane.

Officials originally stated Anderson was taken to Winchester Medical Center to be treated for “cuts and bruises.” However, officials told WHAG on Thursday that Anderson was later transported to Fairfax Inova’s Trauma Center, due to the severity of his injuries.

Investigators have not been able to interview the victim due to his current condition.

Deputies and a specialized tracking team revisited the location on Thursday in search of clues that might explain how Anderson ended up in the ditch.

During Thursday’s investigation, the able-bodied team walked into the ditch without the assistance of ropes or other supporting devices.

However, when Anderson was rescued, crews used a stokes basket to lift him up out of the ditch and onto a stretcher.

Anderson was found by a friend who went looking for him, after noticing Anderson’s truck in a nearby parking lot with the door wide open.

It is unclear how long Anderson spent in the ditch, but investigators said he spent at least one night there.

Investigators believe there is more to the story, and are asking anyone with information to call Crime Solvers at (540) 665-TIPS (8477). If your tip leads to an arrest, the anonymous hotline will give you a cash reward.

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