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Body found in trash can on Raleigh's Capital Area Greenway

Posted December 12, 2012
Updated December 13, 2012

— A body found in a trash can near Raleigh's Capital Area Greenway over the weekend is being investigated as a homicide, police said Wednesday.

Regynald Jose Brown, 37, was found around 3 p.m. Saturday along the Walnut Creek Trail in a wooded area just west of Hammond Road.

"His head was face-first in the trash, so the body was upside down in the trash," a caller told a dispatcher in a 911 recording, also released Wednesday.

Homicide detectives are interested in speaking with anyone who believes they might have seen anything suspicious in that area over the past several weeks.

Anyone with information that might help investigators is asked to call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357 or go to the Crime Stoppers website.

Brown, police said, was reported missing on Nov. 20 and had not been seen or heard from since early November.

His ex-girlfriend, Jacqueline Adams, told WRAL News that he often used the greenway as a cut-through to where he was going.

When she didn't hear from Brown for several weeks, she reported him missing. Several friends had been out looking for him on Saturday when they found his body.

"I knew in my gut something was not right," Adams said.

Brown was the father of three children – ages 15, 13 and 5 – and friends said he was working in landscaping but was a "jack of all trades" who also worked as an electrician, auto mechanic and carpenter.

"He was a good person. He had a good heart. He didn't think twice about helping somebody," Adams said. "He loved his kids, and they loved him."

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  • What if_I could Dec 14, 2012

    This is a sad story.... Prayers out to the family and friends.
    Is this close to the Dorothy Dix land "deal"?

  • Sweetgrl3 Dec 14, 2012

    I just saw on ABC that he was homeless. My question is if he was engaged, why wasnt' he living with his fiancee? I am still praying for his family.

  • seenbetterdaze Dec 13, 2012

    Very Sad story! At Christmas time makes it sadder! Prayers go out for his family and loved ones.

  • Sweetgrl3 Dec 13, 2012

    I am so sorry for his kids and family. Can't imagine anything like this. Praying for the family. No one should have to go like this.

  • so you dont like my opinion ok Dec 13, 2012

    No one deserves to die this way except for the person that committed the crime. Barfly

    Ditto the above comment...

  • dbrown1804 Dec 13, 2012

    It is so sad, I know him personally, and the family are deeply grieved by the news and his daughters are really in a state of shock, because they were looking to spending the christmas holiday with him.

  • Barfly Dec 12, 2012

    No one deserves to die this way except for the person that committed the crime.

  • alwaysCool Dec 12, 2012

    As the soul leaves the body, Respect should be taken of a body. May his friends and family know that there are many that comdend what happen & we have them in our prayers.

  • dwr1964 Dec 12, 2012

    I never read anywhere that he was in the trash since Nov 20. Some people just apparently have never learned to read.

    Good job rand321

  • jetset Dec 12, 2012

    So sad that someone murdered him, but what is even worse is to dump his body in a trash can, just like he is a piece of garbage. God loves him just like He loves eeryone else. Shameful.