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Body found in shallow grave identified as missing man

Posted January 21, 2010

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— Oxford police have preliminarily identified a body found in a shallow grave Wednesday afternoon as that of a man reported missing earlier that day.

Police Chief John M. Wolford said that Kirk Douglas Wright Sr., 54, of 611 Granville St., was reported missing around 9 a.m.

Officers canvassed the neighborhood and talked to a man who said he had found a makeshift grave in a wooded area behind an abandoned house at the end of 4th Street, police said. Once the body was removed from the shallow grave, a preliminary identification of Wright was made.

The cause of Wright's death hasn't been determined. The body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill for an autopsy.

Detectives are following up on leads, and the State Bureau of Investigation is assisting in the investigation, Wolford said.


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  • wildcat Jan 21, 2010

    Something happen to this man. My condolences to his family and many friends.

  • manofjustice Jan 21, 2010

    I knew this man. He was a gentle man with a caring soul. Everyone in Granville County new this nice young man. He loved everybody. He was also the best landscaper in Oxford and surrounding areas. He did a lot of work with the Currins of Oxford. You can see his work all up and down Linden Avenue. He will be greatly missed.

  • iron fist Jan 21, 2010

    What are the odds of someone being reported missing and found buried the same day? Some thing wrong here.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jan 21, 2010

    Seems like an odd coincidence that someone found this grave the same day the guy was reported missing. What are the odds?

    Can someone say, prime suspect?

  • catalyst74 Jan 21, 2010

    Nothing New - The State Bureau of Identification or City-County Bureau of Identification (CCBI)is a fancy word for "Crime Scene Investigators (CSI)"

    Life-goes-on - Possibly so!

  • jenn27537 Jan 21, 2010

    Life Goes On..Yesterday it was reported that a man found a shallow grave and THEN the police went a found it, which sounded like he reported it and they did not come looking for him. But reading todays article sounds like they asked him about it. I am a little confused on it myself. If you look at related articles on the right, yesterdays will be up there. I dont know about any of it. The whole things sounds fishy to me.

  • Life-goes-on. Jan 21, 2010

    A guy finds a makeshift grave in the woods and doesn't think that it might need to be reported until the officers come to his door?? Seems there may be a thing or two this guy isn't sharing.

  • wakeforest914 Jan 21, 2010

    ...either this is High School reporting 101 @ WRAL or this story is VERY fishy...

  • Nothing New Jan 21, 2010

    Lets see is the SBI the State Bureau of Identification or Investigation. I always thought it was the State Bureau of Investigation, now we have a new one the State Bureau of Identification??????????