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Investigation Into Fayetteville Murder Continues

Posted January 3, 1997

— A Cumberland County man whose body was found in a field late Thursday night was murdered in that very field, police say.

Police now know, from evidence collected in the field, that Gary Schutz's hands were tied with a phone cord and that his killer or killers slit his throat not far from where his body was found by two Cumberland County men.

It's what everyone feared. A life ended, leaving family, friends, even neighbors, like Gerry Ennis, wondering why.

Just hours after 48-year-old Gary Schutz's abandoned car was found, two men stumbled upon his body, ten miles away in another heavily wooded area.

Jerry Maynor and William Chapman found Schutz Thursday night while running rabbits in the field.

Investigators waited for daylight before moving the surveyor's body, hoping to find more clues to his death. They called in search dogs and the Highway Patrol helicopter.

Some questions are slowly being answered. Investigators now know that Schutz was murdered in the woods, and dragged about 50 yards to where he was found.

Ennis says she is frightened by this crime and is considering moving.

Deputies are wondering if anyone saw anything due to the remote nature of the site where Schutz was murdered. Police are going to wait for autopsy results and go on from there.

Terri Grucareporting.

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