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Body of unidentified man found in Rocky Mount neighborhood

Posted March 2, 2011

A man walking his dog found a body in a wooded area near Greystone and Stillwater drives at the western edge of Rocky Mount early March 2, 2011.

— Rocky Mount police opened a homicide investigation after a man walking his dog found a body in an upscale neighborhood Wednesday morning.

Police Chief John Manley said the body of a man was found in a wooded area near the 3700 block of Greystone Drive at the western edge of the city around 7:30 a.m.

The deceased has not been identified yet, Manley said. The Medical Examiner's Office in Greenville will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Neighbors said that the body had been burned, and there was a large burned spot in the woods that smelled strongly of gasoline. Police said they couldn't comment on those reports.

Police said it wasn't clear yet if the man was killed there or if he had been killed elsewhere and his body dumped there.

Police set up a command post at the end of an unfinished street, canvassed the neighborhood and searched along a small stream in woods.

Anyone with information about the case should contact Crime Stoppers by calling 252-977-1111 or by e-mail at crimestoppers@rockymountnc.gov. Crime Stoppers tipsters never have to give their names and are eligible for cash rewards for information that solves felony crimes.


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  • devettathomas Mar 3, 2011

    I new the guy that was found in those woods. I went to school with him. He was a very quiet person. I don't know who he may have had dealings with over the years but I do know he has a son who is going to miss him very dearly. Sad!

  • thetater2 Mar 2, 2011

    My friend's father is the one who found the body. He said that it was burnt and suran-wrapped when he found it. Pretty disturbing.

  • fourfivesix Mar 2, 2011

    @stevenalowe yeah, the trailer park sucks, but candlewood is just through the other side of greystone though.

  • fourfivesix Mar 2, 2011

    oh i forgot one other point. that shooting at Central Cafe: that was by no means random. an employee was shot by people he had dealings with before. he was hanging with the wrong crowd, got in over his head so to speak, and got shot. he doesn't work there anymore.

    any shooting is still horrible, but just wanted to make the point that it wasn't random.

  • stevenalowe Mar 2, 2011

    that is an odd area to find a body. that neighborhood is by no means a bad area & is very very far from the "bad" side of rocky mount

    This area is only a couple of minutes walk from Brook Valley trailer park, an anything but "ritzy" neiborhood. Don't take my word for it, ride through (armed) youselves.

  • fourfivesix Mar 2, 2011

    i seriously doubt it's the edgecombe co serial killer. like mentioned, this was a male, plus it's in completely the wrong area & not even the same county.

  • fourfivesix Mar 2, 2011

    "A fifth of their population has been murdered in the last 10 years."
    this is absolutely a ridiculous exaggeration. *rolls eyes* if you're going to troll, you might want to be a little less obvious.

    that is an odd area to find a body. that neighborhood is by no means a bad area & is very very far from the "bad" side of rocky mount. it's almost next to the most "premiere" neighborhood in rocky mount, if there is one. 64 is nearby but there's no access off of halifax rd there. 95 is on the other side of that woods. very strange.

  • NCStatePack Mar 2, 2011

    "Poor cook shot in the head while sitting in his caar. What was that, a hunting accident?" -rodneyg

    They wanted their eggs poached

  • rodneyg1 Mar 2, 2011

    No Crime Problem in RM? How about the shooting outside the Central Cafe last July? Poor cook shot in the head while sitting in his caar. What was that, a hunting accident?

  • voiceofreason32 Mar 2, 2011

    Might just be a jogger who had a heart attack