Published On: Wed, Jan 6th, 2016

Missing Virginia man, Al-Tariq Tynes, identified as body found, now a homicide case

The body discovered in a Chesapeake ditch this week has been identified as a missing Portsmouth man.

Al-Tariq Tynes was reported missing by his family back on Dec. 11. but on Monday night, his body was found in a shallow ditch near the intersection of Rotunda Avenue and Grand Isle Drive. Police are investigating his death as a homicide.

Tynes, 27, was praised by family as a family man and a hard worker.

Al-Tariq Tynes

Al-Tariq Tynes

“I’m just so grateful that on December the Tenth, that morning, me and Tariq talked,” Wilson told 13News Now. “We talked that morning, and we told each other we love each other, and he was like, ‘Ma, I’m gonna always look out for you. I love you,’ and I said, ‘I love you, too, Riq.'”

“He worked for the shipyard and he was in college so he was doing something with his life,” said Veronica Tynes, the victim’s aunt, to the local news.

Al-Tariq was last seen driving a gold 1996 Lexus 4-door sedan with Virginia Tags of VKR-1957 as has been treated as a missing person during the holiday month. Family members confirmed that police had found the Lexus weeks ago.

The case is still under investigation and the cause of death will not be released at this time.

If you have any information on this incident, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

“You ain’t gotta tell ’em who you are. Just call. Just give us a lead. Just give us some closure. We got the body. Now, we need the person,” said Veronica Tynes.

“Going to jail is not enough, you know, but that’s all we have now. Just put ’em in jail. Let them do they time,” stated Al-Tariq Tynes’ fiancee.

“He was a great son. He was a great father,” Wilson said. “I want answers, and I want justice for my son, and I’m gonna get it.”


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