Body located in Tar River identified


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) Officials have identified a body discovered in the Tar River earlier this month.

On September 5, 2020, at approximately noon, boaters discovered the body of 54-year-old Antonio Marcel Romero, of Kinston, in the Tar River near the Town Common in Greenville.

Romero was reported missing by family members on Thursday, September 3, after he checked himself out of Vidant Medical Center, according to detectives.

He was last seen on city cameras around noon that day walking in the area of Sheetz on Stantonsburg Road.

Detectives are attempting to retrace Romero’s movements after that time.

Anyone who may have seen him should contact Greenville Police Department, Detective Nevelle at 252.329.4354.

An official cause of death has not been determined; however, there was no trauma discovered to the body during an autopsy.

Investigators do not suspect foul play and toxicology results are pending.


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Officials have located the body of a swimmer who drowned in the Tar River.

GPD and Greenville Fire & Rescue transported the body to the Medical Examiner’s Office for identification.

Town Common and the river access are back open.

The investigation in to the incident is ongoing.


Officials are investigating an apparent drowning in the Tar River near the Town Common Sunday.

GPD and Greenville Fire & Rescue are on the scene working to recover the body.

The section of the Town Common Park and the main trestle near the river is closed off for the remainder of the day. River access is closed from Port Terminal westward towards the hospital.

This is an active and ongoing investigation.

9OYS is currently on the scene with officials to learn more information.

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