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Man missing from Siler City killed in car wreck

Posted October 19, 2012

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— A man who was found dead near his wrecked car early Friday in Randolph County has been identified by family members as Jesse Lewis Maness, a 24-year-old man who was missing from Siler City since Saturday.

The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office said a passing motorist called 911 shortly before 2 a.m. Friday and reported the wrecked car, which was overturned below a bridge in the 8600 block of N.C. Highway 22/42, near the Chatham County line.

The Chatham County's Sheriff's Office said Maness' car had overturned in a creek, and his body was found under the water.

Maness was the lone occupant in the car. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Siler City police had been searching for Maness, who was last seen leaving a Mexican restaurant about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. He was driving a burgundy, four-door 1995 Chevrolet Corsica with North Carolina license plate YXW-1979, police said.

His family and friends told police that they have not talked with him since then, which is "extremely out of the ordinary" for him, police said.

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  • agglover Oct 22, 2012

    with people driving that road. why did it take a week for someone to discover the car?

  • agglover Oct 22, 2012

    What i dont understand is , with all the cars that travel that road , how was it not spotted before pretty much a week later?

  • FairPlay Oct 19, 2012

    Fairplay, Please thank your neighbor for noticing a difference! I know if it were my son....I would want a good samaritan / passerby paying attention.

    I'm sure the family has many unanswered questions, but thankfully they have him so they can do what they need to for closure. RIP Jesse Maness.


    I definitely will. One thing I love about living out in the boonies is everyone looks out for each other and investigates strange things. No hesitation to stopping and helping even if animals have gotten out and are in the road. We are also praying for Jesse's family.

  • knockitoff Oct 19, 2012

    Fairplay, Please thank your neighbor for noticing a difference!
    I know if it were my son....I would want a good samaritan / passerby paying attention.

    I'm sure the family has many unanswered questions, but thankfully they have him so they can do what they need to for closure. RIP Jesse Maness.

  • FairPlay Oct 19, 2012

    Who actually discovered him and how in the world could they have seen him in the dark?

    My neighbor found him and we all carry flashlights in our cars out here in the sticks. Little Brush creek can be seen from the road also. I saw them pulling the car out today and it is totaled. My neighbor said he stopped because he noticed the road sign mangled and saw tracks going down the hill.

  • knockitoff Oct 19, 2012

    charmcclain - ts says right here who found him (who knows how they "saw" it, guess we need to let them finish their investigation)but thankfully "someone" found him.

    The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office said a passing motorist called 911 shortly before 2 a.m. Friday and reported the wrecked car, which was overturned below a bridge in the 8600 block of N.C. Highway 22/42, near the Chatham County line.

    The Chatham County's Sheriff's Office said Maness' car had overturned in a creek, and his body was found under the water.

    This just hits sooo home for me I have a son his age, but there are DAYS I don't hear from him as he lives on his own. May his family find peace and strength through this difficult time.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Oct 19, 2012

    I hope next week there will be good news for Siler City/Chatham County. We all there could use it.

  • topfan4unc Oct 19, 2012

    So sad.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Oct 19, 2012

    Who actually discovered him and how in the world could they have seen him in the dark?

  • Pepe Silvia Oct 19, 2012

    "the fact that the family identified him would lead one to believe it didn't happen a week ago...the body would have been badly decomposed..."
    - buford

    Actually buford, at 6-7 days - although not pretty - it would still be possible to make an ID. Not to mention all the other factors that can be used (vehicle, clothing, jewelry, hair, tattoos, etc)

    My condolences to his loved ones.

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