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Skeletal remains found under Fayetteville bridge

Posted August 25, 2010

— Police said human remains were found beneath a railroad bridge across the Cape Fear River on Wednesday afternoon.

A passerby contacted police around 1:30 p.m. to report a body off Broad Street between Person and Russell streets, police spokesman Dan Grubb said. The remains were found with what appeared to be men’s clothing.

Police said the body had likely been there awhile because all that remained was a skeleton.

"It was too early to tell the cause of death at this point in time," Grubb said. "At this point, it's not immediately obvious whether it's a male or female."

Gary Blackwell, who owns a nearby automotive business, said he often sees people walking the tracks.

“They usually have people down here back and forth all the time. We’ve complained about the traffic through here, the homeless people,” Blackwell said.

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This is the second time this week Fayetteville police have responded to a body found.

On Monday, a Public Works Commission employee discovered a body floating on Mintz Pond off Pamalee Drive, several miles away.

It's unclear how long the body had been there and how the person died.


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  • theroadislong Aug 26, 2010

    I will never move to Fayettville. I read too many stories about shootings, rapes, and bodies being found. I know this happens everywhere, but it just seems like it's more frequent there.

  • michaelclay Aug 26, 2010

    gregg45 have you ever heard of foot traffic?

  • gregg45 Aug 25, 2010

    gary,, how nice of you,, homeless people driving thru your work space,, let us know if you have a car that needs chopped

  • shortcake53 Aug 25, 2010

    Did they ever identify the body floating in the pond? Cant recall if that was Fayetteville or not......... Anyway, sad to hear of all these people just being called "bodies". Someone,somewhere had to be looking for them.

  • Eastern N.C. Native Aug 25, 2010

    Fayetteville and Durham... Headlining the news.

  • shortcake53 Aug 25, 2010

    Another one??? This is getting ridiculous.

  • NotMyProb Aug 25, 2010

    There are a lot of great things happening in Fayetteville. You should make it a point to take note of things that don't involve a 'body' and you just might be pleasantly surprised.

    Where did you say you're from again?

  • BUCKEYEnNC Aug 25, 2010

    Fayettenam can't make WRAL news unless it involves a 'body'

  • ghimmy51 Aug 25, 2010

    That's weird. I live close to there. People walk through there daily and there's are two restaurants and a boat ramp alongside. I don't see how somebody didn't notice long before now.