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Body of missing Cumberland man found

Posted January 17, 2012

— Searchers found the body of a missing Cumberland County man Tuesday afternoon, a day after he disappeared while trying to rescue a cat.

Roy Haddock, 69, was last seen by family members at about 8:30 a.m. Monday. His son-in-law, Steve Conley, spotted his gray Toyota pickup truck Monday afternoon parked along McCormick Bridge Road with its hazard lights on, but Haddock was nowhere in sight.

His family said he often went to McCormick Bridge to feed homeless animals that live on the riverbank, and a friend said that Haddock told his wife he was trying to help a distressed cat on Monday.

"This is going to be tougher than I thought," Haddock told his wife on the phone, according to the family friend.

Haddock then had to hang up as he went down an embankment, the friend said.

A dive team found his body in the Lower Little River, Debbie Tanna, a spokeswoman for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, said.

"He must have slipped, fell in the water," Conley, said.

Search for missing Cumberland man Body of missing Cumberland man found

Conley said his father-in-law owned a land-surveying business and always preached safety when in the woods.

"He'd be furious if it happened to one of us," he said. "So for it to happen to him is hard to believe."

About 50 Cumberland County deputies, State Highway Patrol troopers and first responders also searched the wooded areas along McCormick Bridge Road late Monday and early Tuesday. A Highway Patrol helicopter aided the search.

Haddock has high blood pressure, and his family told investigators that he exhibited signs of a minor stroke on Sunday night, including slurred speech, confusion and agitation.

Haddock, who was born and raised in Fayetteville, leaves behind three children and four grandchildren.

"The not knowing – that's the worst thing in the world," Conley said. "Last night was just brutal. It hurts. He's gone, but at least we know."


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  • tarheel002 Jan 18, 2012

    Annforeveryoung Before you make accusations like that you should get the facts straight and remember that this is the news report and not all reports are 100 percent correct. How dare you!! This man was loved dearly by his family!

  • FromClayton Jan 18, 2012

    so sad. prayers to the family. sounded like a wonderful granddaddy.

  • sammyg Jan 18, 2012

    God bless him and his family.

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Jan 17, 2012

    Oh no! So sad. Just looking at his picture, he looked like a really nice person.


  • 2BFair Jan 17, 2012

    RIP Mr. Haddock. You were well-respected, liked and you will be missed.

  • foster208 Jan 17, 2012

    What a sad conclusion to this story. The world is a better place because of persons like this gentlemen who care enough to help homeless animals. May he rest in peace.

  • tarheelblue919 Jan 17, 2012

    i was hoping that they would find him with maybe a twisted ankle or something simple as to why he couldnt walk back to his truck, was talking to my husband about this gentleman earlier to say a prayer for him...really hate to hear that he passed on. :(

  • annforeveryoung Jan 17, 2012

    I hope they investigate this further. The family thought he exhibited signs of a stroke on Sunday but didn't take him to the hospital? Then he shows up at the bottom of an incline when "safety" according to his son in-law was one of his number one concerns when in the woods and at work. Something not right about this story. I hope for the victims sake the Police investigate this throughly.

  • rlee1117 Jan 17, 2012

    a man like this should get a citizenship award for being so kind to all! what a huge loss for the good people here. I never met this man but from what I see people could have learn some lessons from him!

  • dae66 Jan 17, 2012

    How sad. God bless his loved ones.