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Body found at Fort Bragg is missing teen, mom says

Posted April 6, 2014
Updated April 7, 2014

— A Robeson County woman says a body found along a road at Fort Bragg is her 18-year-old son who disappeared Friday night.

Sharonda McMillan, of St. Pauls, said investigators with Fort Bragg's Criminal Investigation Division visited her home Sunday night to inform her that they identified the body, found along Plank Road around 1:30 a.m., Sunday as Tayvon Joseph McMillan.

McMillan said she last saw her son around 7:15 p.m. Friday and that he was driving a gold Chevrolet Malibu wearing an Army fatigue sweatshirt, a hat and black jeans.

"It's really hard right now," she said Monday. "I'm still trying to cope with it. I just want to find who did it. I just want answers."

Military police have not confirmed the identity of the body, which was discovered about a mile east of Mott Lake in the western part of Fort Bragg in Hoke County. The area is mostly woods with roads that are open to the public.

Investigators also have not released a cause of death and are awaiting the results of an autopsy.

Saint Pauls is approximately 20 miles from Plank Road.

McMillan said her son told her he was going to Fayetteville to see his girlfriend and that a family friend reported seeing him in the Robin Heights area of Raeford between 7:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

The friend told Sharonda McMillan that Tayvon McMillan said he was dropping off someone before he headed to see his girlfriend.

Fort Bragg authorities spent several hours at a home in Raeford, where Tayvon McMillan used to stay with his aunt.

She added that her son is a good man with no police record and that he attends Fayetteville Technical Community College, where he was studying.


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  • Justice For Tayvon McMillan Apr 8, 2014

    “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”
    ― Isaac Asimov, Foundation

  • Justice For Tayvon McMillan Apr 8, 2014

    This was a young man with a bright future. Taken away from his family by an ANIMAL! I pray the justice system does not fail and let this be another one of those senseless acts of violence that gets little to no attention. The person who did this is a coward!

  • Justice For Tayvon McMillan Apr 8, 2014

    This area has so much crime with little change in sight.

  • dwr1964 Apr 7, 2014

    It is a sad day when anyone is murdered. It is worse when the victim is a child. As a society, we have been keeping track of bad deeds, bad people, bad decisions with bad outcomes. So why can't we learn from all of this? Why do the same things continue to happen over and over? Why do our kids have to keep dying?

  • LetsBeFair Apr 7, 2014

    This is no way for a young person to go. Justice now.

  • sunshine1040 Apr 7, 2014

    I hope Mom and Dad are both ok and working through this together along with the rest of the family

  • Neaven Armstrong Apr 7, 2014
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    So heartbreaking. Lord, be with this family.

  • jacamoe Apr 7, 2014

    I agree with most all of you. May God Bless Mother , family, and friends. I will pray for your family.

  • Nan Toppin Apr 7, 2014
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    praying for this young man's family and all who loved him. So sad to see a life lost so young.

  • Benjamin Throop Apr 7, 2014
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    Poor, poor lady. I hope this mystery is solved very quickly!