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Body found under Fayetteville bridge

Posted July 17, 2008
Updated July 18, 2008

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Fayetteville police have limited traffic on the Grove Street bridge near Dunn Road to one lane as they investigate some partially buried human remains.

Detectives and forensics experts were on the scene Thursday gathering details in an attempt to find some identifying characteristics of the person or determine the cause of death.

They called off work until first light Friday, but kept traffic restricted to preserve the scene.

According to police, a man called in the find just before 8:30 a.m. He reported the smell and sight of remains under the bridge.

Police did not release the man's identity.

Authorities attempted to remove the body but were unable to because of unstable ground. They suspended recovery efforts at 7:45 p.m.

Police suggest that travelers avoid the Grove Street bridge if possible. The closure was expected to last into Friday.


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  • ghimmy51 Jul 18, 2008

    You guys need to go fishing more. I live a block from there. That "ravine" under the bridge is called "The Cape Fear River." They're on a sandbar and debris pile at the bridge support (called a "bent")IN the river on the east side upstream. It's someone from upstream of Fayetteville. It's a river folks. It's makes sandbars and washes them away all the time. Huge sections of bank come down into the river too. There is an abandoned cemetery a couple of hundred feet from that site, but it's downstream. I'll never forget the day I came home from school to find the cemetery had been dozed flat and was for sale by a real estate. Now that's a good story to look into.

  • wife-of-a-concrete-man Jul 18, 2008

    It very well could be another homeless person, as they dolive underneath the area, BUT.. as far as it being the wife of the man who called it in- didn't he say thet she was supposed to meet him there around 1am? This body has been there for a few days, at least, it is partially decomposed, so I am not quite sure it could be her. If she were missing, how did they make plans to meet at 1?
    It is tragic, no matter who it is, no matter how it got there.

  • MyKidRox Jul 18, 2008

    Folks...I know one of the rescue workers on site. The authorities do not feel this body was buried by a person. It appears this person fell into a very deep ravine/crevice that has/had been a washout area created by erosion. It doesn't appear that anyone murdered this poor person and buried he/she there. It sounds like a tragic accident. More than likely, it is the homeless gentleman's that phoned in the call. His wife is missing and they frequented that area to sleep/rest/live. In any case, it is just pitiful.

  • mrcritic Jul 17, 2008

    The story actually said that it was an animal or a human when the news first broke hollylama

  • Fuquay Resident Jul 17, 2008

    Hmmm, who else is missing besides the Smithfield woman?

  • hollylama Jul 17, 2008

    "The guys who burned the military woman in Fayetteville... they ARE in custody, Correct?"
    YEs that is correct, however, they have yet to find the person that killed Touma...the military mother found in the hotel near Cross Creek mall. That case was accompanied by the mysterious "zodiac" symbol letter.

  • hollylama Jul 17, 2008

    It did say "partially buried human remains". I'm guessing they identified a leg or arm before coming out with the story. I doubt a dead animal would cause such confusion.

  • rogers922 Jul 17, 2008

    There is water under that bridge and it was stinking to high heaven last Wednesday. I know because I almost passed out due to the stink - but it was also the day after the heavy rain in F'ville where they got several inches in an hour and flooded almost 100 streets...I thought it was dead fish and animals getting caught in the flood - but who knows now.

  • housemanagercary Jul 17, 2008

    Even a homeless man isn't stupid enough to kill someone and bury their body under the bridge where THEY sleep.

  • canes06 Jul 17, 2008

    I bet your right Golfing Chick..