Sheriff: Murder arrest made after missing man found dead

North Carolina

BOLTON, N.C. (AP) — Deputies in North Carolina found “a large amount of blood in the back yard” of a man who was later found dead in the woods.

Edward Earl Davis, 82, was reported missing Monday by a family member who told Columbus County authorities that Davis couldn’t be reached and wasn’t inside his home, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

The blood was found during a search of the property in Bolton, a small town about 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of Wilmington.

Tucker Mackenzie Rector, 23, was determined to be a person of interest and questioned. The sheriff’s office said he gave pertinent information about the case during an interview, and a search of his home turned up “vital pieces of evidence,” the release stated.

Information gathered in the investigation led officers to the wooded area where Davis’ body was found.

Rector was charged with murder. He’s being held without bond. It’s unclear whether he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

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