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Community shocked by discovery of missing Fayetteville man

Posted May 21, 2014
Updated May 22, 2014

— The body of a 73-year-old Fayetteville man who was reported missing last month has been found, and a man has been charged in his death, Cumberland County sheriff's deputies said Wednesday.

Clemasee Guyton’s body was found in woods along Samuel Drive in Spring Lake on Tuesday.

Samuel Lorenzo Davis, 20, of the 1300 block of Kingstown Court in Spring Lake, was charged with first-degree murder, common law robbery and felony conspiracy in Guyton’s death.

More charges are pending in the ongoing investigation, Cumberland County deputies said.

Guyton's family and friends, along with neighbors who live near where his body was found, were dealing with the news of his death Wednesday.

“It was a shock to us to find out there was a body there,” said Fredricka Sutherland, a Spring Lake alderman who lives nearby.

Guyton was reported missing by family members on April 22 after he didn’t return to his Botany Court home. Investigators on Monday released surveillance photos of two people wanted in connection with Guyton’s disappearance after they were spotted in Columbia, S.C. inside a vehicle the elderly man was known to operate.

Authorities have not said whether the surveillance photos contributed to Davis’ arrest, how Guyton was killed or what led to the discovery of his body.

"What happened to him should not have happened, because if somebody wanted something from him, he would have given it to them," said a family friend who did not want to be identified. “Now that I do know what happened, it is even worse.”

Guyton’s body was discovered about a half-mile from the suspect's residence.

“I used to speak to the young man and he always was very kind,” Sutherland said.


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  • Fred Garner May 22, 2014
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    Who among us would love to be judge, jury and executioner? My guess is everyone. These scumbags will have a very hard life in prison. Killers of the elderly and the young always do. And that's my prayer.

  • lasm May 22, 2014

    Thanks, Backtothemountains, the information was just what I thought it would be-career criminal-AND an unjust justice system in NC.

  • Backtothemountains May 22, 2014

    Stuff like this just makes me sick to my stomach.

  • Rene Centeno May 22, 2014
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    What an awful crime. I hope this guy gets the max sentence. This type of crime is rampant and worthy of a moral Monday protest.

  • Backtothemountains May 22, 2014

    View quoted thread


  • lasm May 22, 2014

    Why is this hoodlum out, walking among us, let loose on society in less than 3 years after his assault on that elderly woman in August of 2011? Does anyone know if he ever went to court for that previous crime, what his sentence was (if any) and why he was not locked up at the time he (allegedly-don't want to be non PC....give me a break) committed THIS terrible crime? So sorry for Mr. Gupton and his family. God grant his loved ones and friends peace that can only come from Him.

  • jwbmom1965 May 22, 2014

    What a horrible person. He needs to die.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" May 21, 2014

    Those who prey on children, the disabled and the elderly are the scum of the earth; they remind me of cowards who kick little dogs, but would never go anywhere near a BIG one.

    Prayers for the loved ones of Mr. Guyton. I pray he didn't suffere long at their hands. And I pray FULL justice is served to his killers, not the kid glove justice we see so often nowadays - but the MAXIMUM allowed by law for murder.

  • Anita Woody May 21, 2014

    Wow - this is just so sad for the family. I'm just disgusted that this is a repeat offender who obviously has no soul.

  • Suzanne Reichert Cromer May 21, 2014
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    This individual needs to be put away for a long time. It was just a matter of time before his crimes got more serious! Prayers to Mr. Guyton's family.