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Man found dead at I-95 welcome center

Posted June 22, 2012

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— Northampton County authorities are investigating the death of a man whose body was found Friday morning at the welcome center on Interstate 95.

An attendant for the center, just south of the Virginia state line, found the body in a parked car at about 8 a.m., Sheriff Wardie Vincent said.

The car had a South Carolina license plate and appears to have been parked at the center for a couple of days, Vincent said.

Investigators are treating the case as a suspicious death, Vincent said, and the body has been sent to a medical examiner for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Authorities haven't released the man's name.

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  • airbornemonty Jun 22, 2012

    When I am on the road and feel that I need a rest, I will park at a rest stop and take a nap for 15-20 minutes then be on my way. I don't see anything wrong with that, but a car parked at the rest stop for a couple of days seems to me that someone should have become suspicious and checked it out.

    Some people simply are not worth the money they are paid, am I stepping on some toes anyone?

  • morgannyy Jun 22, 2012

    This one has a decent size area by the building, and a lower area that has a pet exercise area beyond it. The lower area is sometimes blocked off (it was Tuesday night when I stopped there). As has been said below, how do you recognize that someone is not just sleeping at a rest area?

  • Scubagirl Jun 22, 2012

    If I recall, this is not a large parking area here. Unfortunate.

    {{{{THIS BETTER CENSORS????}}}}

  • storchheim Jun 22, 2012

    I say away from rest stops. I run to McD's, use the bathroom, buy something quick, and leave.

  • ftpc99 Jun 22, 2012

    Have either of you ever BEEN to a rest stop? How many times have you scanned the parked cars looking for something suspicious? How likely is it that the guy looked like he was just sleeping... at a rest stop!?

    That situation would be very easy to overlook. As for the cops patrolling, they would see the same thing I mentioned above so it would be easy for them to overlook it too.

  • NCHighlander Jun 22, 2012

    The car had a South Carolina license plate and appears to have been parked at the center for a couple of days, Vincent said.

    A couple of days...and no one noticed the guy...sad...

    Good job patrolling that area cops.

  • buford Jun 22, 2012

    The car had a South Carolina license plate and appears to have been parked at the center for a couple of days, Vincent said.

    A couple of days...and no one noticed the guy...sad...