WALLACE, N.C. (WNCT) — The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a death investigation after a body was found on the side of the road Tuesday morning.
The Wallace Police Department posted a notice on its Facebook page Tuesday morning saying U.S. Hwy. 117 was shut down between Carter Street and N.C. Hwy. 11 “due to a death investigation.” Drivers were instructed to use Carter Street and Old Wilmington Road as a detour.
The area has since reopened to traffic but the investigation continues.
Tuesday afternoon, the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office posted an update on its Facebook page. They said the body of Sydney Louis Miller, 61, was found on the side of the road by a person driving down U.S. Hwy. 117 South in Wallace. Officials said Miller was from the Brunswick County area.
An autopsy was being conducted at the medical examiner’s office to determine a possible cause of death. The investigation was still ongoing on Tuesday.