Authorities are investigating what they call a malicious wounding after a 72-year-old Martinsville man was dropped off at Sovah Health-Danville on Thursday afternoon, Danville police report.

Officers were called to the emergency room at the Danville hospital at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday, according to a news release from the Danville Police Department.

They found the man who “was suffering from blunt force trauma and lacerations to his head and neck,” officials wrote in the release.

He was transported to Duke Medical Center and listed in serious condition Thursday evening.

The people who dropped the man off at the hospital left before officers got there. However, police reported they found the vehicle used in the 800 block of Betts Street.

After executing a search warrant authorities said, “the evidence indicated this is where the crime likely took place.”

Investigators were working the case into the night, police reported.

As of Thursday evening, police reported there was no suspect information to release.

Police ask anyone with information to call 911, Danville Crime Stoppers at (434) 793-3000 or the detective division at (434) 799-6508. Tips also may be emailed to

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