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Lee authorities seek man, truck in fatal shooting of hunter

Posted January 3, 2013

— Lee County authorities said Thursday that they are seeking a man and a pickup truck in connection with the fatal shooting of a hunter last month.

Robert Matthew Devitto, 26, of Broadway, was duck hunting by himself on Dec. 18 on state game lands near Gunther Road in Lee County when he was shot. He died three days later.

Investigators said Devitto, a Fort Bragg soldier, was shot at a relatively close range and that the shooter likely knew he or she was shooting at a person. They said it appeared that Devitto had gotten into some kind of confrontation with another hunter, and the shooting wasn't an accident.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office has released a composite sketch of a man seen in the area where Devitto was found. He was described as white, in his 20s, with fair skin and scruffy, reddish facial hair. He was wearing a camouflage hat.

Investigators also are searching for a mid-1990s or early 2000s green Dodge Ram extended-cab pickup that was seen in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 919-775-5531 or leave an anonymous tip at 919-718-4577. A cash reward is offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.


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  • fungod12000 Jan 4, 2013

    it was a pic of a truck that "looked" like a truck of interest.

  • North Carolina Cutie Jan 4, 2013

    How did they get the pictures of the truck?

  • ripetomatoes Jan 4, 2013

    And thats what you get when putting guns into the hands of unstable people. setteling there altercations with a shot to the head. For those of you wanting everyone to be armed in america, this is what you will get.Jimmytwotimes

    "putting guns into the hands of unstable people" is a really interesting way to look at this. You've really already psychologically analyzed this murderer based on this article?
    Who are you accusing of doing the "putting"?
    When we do arm everyone in the country, how will you protect your family and property as the only one unarmed?
    Don't worry, we'll take care of you and protect you from harm and we won't ask for anything in return. But if you are afraid to hold a gun, how can we trust you not to run in the face of danger?
    Never mind...

  • Malaki Jan 4, 2013

    The red truck is the victim's truck.

  • kermit60 Jan 4, 2013

    Sketch of a man seen in the area. How many people were "in the area" and not seen? It is a public hunting area.

  • Tar River Roots Jan 4, 2013

    Looks kind of like that Andrew guy from the other Sanford story.

  • bdc2020 Jan 4, 2013

    Why post 2 pictures of a RED truck ... just confuses people who don't read the article.

  • JohnnyVoodoo Jan 4, 2013

    Sounds like a good lead/starting point. The color of the truck and the color of the suspects hair are both excellent descriptions...not to mention the fact that its also known the truck has an extended cab. Somebody knows where this truck is and they probably know the guy who drives it as well. I'm betting this weekend they'll be knocking on somebody's door. Ya think?

  • Scubagirl Jan 3, 2013

    Hope they catch the coward....