Medical examiner IDs body as missing man with Alzheimer’s, no foul play involved


ROXBORO, N.C. (WNCT) N.C. State Medical Examiner’s Office said that the body found Tuesday was confirmed as that of William Daniel “Danny” Holt who was last seen December 20, 2019.

Holt was last seen wearing a burgundy shirt, dark blue pants, and a light blue jacket.

Deputies said he was suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Holt was a current resident of Swansboro, but previously a resident of Person County.

He was last seen around 11:30 am on December 20, 2019, leaving the residence of 412 Shiloh Church Road in Roxboro on foot with a small brown and white dog named Chunky.

Deputies were contacted around 12:30 pm and the search for Holt started immediately with local resources.

The search was expanded with state search and rescue teams as well as State Highway Patrol Helicopter.

Deputies said that on Tuesday, a resident from the Woodsdale community came to the Sheriff’s Office after locating what they believed to be Holt’s cellphone.

The phone was located in a field off Eastwood-Long Lane.

Once it was confirmed the phone belonged to Holt, authorities reported to the area that it was located and began searching.

Just before noon, a body was located that is believed to be that of Holt.

On Wednesday, deputies received confirmation from N.C. State Medical Examiner’s Office that the body recovered was Holt.

Officials determined that no foul play was involved.

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