NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) — A New Bern 18-year-old has been arrested and charged with homicide in the death of a man who went missing.

New Bern police charged Ray’shawn Gerard Vredenburg, 18, of New Bern with an open count of homicide. He was being held in the Craven County Jail under no bond. His first appearance in Craven County District Court was scheduled for Friday.

Police said Vredenburg killed Jamal Xavier Gardner, who was reported missing earlier this week. Gardner’s body was found Thursday just before 3 p.m. in a secluded area of Craven County near Rance Buck Road.

New Bern police worked with the Craven County Sheriff’s Office in making the arrest.