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Unidentified body found at Wayne County cemetery

Posted December 3, 2009
Updated December 18, 2009

— Wayne County sheriff's deputies are investigating the death of a man whose body was found at a Princeton cemetery Thursday morning.

An employee of Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, off U.S. Highway 70 west of Goldsboro, discovered the body on the ground while arriving at work around 8:45 a.m., authorities said.

Investigators are treating the case as a homicide, but they have not been able to identify the man. They describe him as being approximately 25 to 40 years old, standing 5 feet 5 inches to 6 feet tall, with a slender build and reddish brown hair.

The body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill for an autopsy.

Investigators want anyone with information that could help identify the man or anyone who might have seen anything suspicious at the cemetery since Wednesday evening to contact the Wayne County Sheriff's Office at 919-731-1481.


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  • trdspeed21 Dec 4, 2009

    i just love how all yall people wana make fun of this story....well u know what this person who was killed is my own blood...my cousin...so show some respect...he was beat to death..and is was a nice kind person..i will always miss u jamie

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Dec 3, 2009

    They should just check all the graves. When they find the empty one, they will know whose body it is.

  • ldw Dec 3, 2009

    This really sounds like the spirit of Christmas............

  • NCStatePack Dec 3, 2009

    Again, a person has died here folks. Show some consideration

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Dec 3, 2009

    There's a bright side. No transportation costs.

  • BubbaDuke Dec 3, 2009

    Authorities don't know yet if a crime has been committed? Did the dead person move on his/her own volition? There's no mention of a nearby casket.

  • rfred16 Dec 3, 2009

    Maggie, I am glad to hear you studied about New Orleans. I have been there several times. Try telling your comments to the people down there. While it is true that for well over 100 years most bodies have been buried above ground, due to the constant flooding sometimes this is not enough. During hurricanes, heavy rains, etc. the water table does rise over these graveyards, and forces some of the airtight caskets up and out of the mausoleums (regardless of the building material)and into the nearby streams and rivers. Also, there are many family owned graveyards in which the dead were not buried above ground, and so some of these are always showing up above the ground after heavy storms. Type New Orleans floating caskets in Google search images and you will find plenty of examples..

  • maggieknowlya Dec 3, 2009

    " New Orleans when they get a lot of rain.....caskets, vaults, bodies....floating all over the place"

    Bodies do not get buried in New Orleans. The water does not "push them out of their graves." All bodies are placed in mausoleums above ground. Marble, concrete, brick, etc. This is done because of the water table in New Orleans as much of it IS below sealevel. Aside from being a complete New Orleans fan, I learned about this oddity in grade school.

  • killing_me_softly Dec 3, 2009

    I don't think that we are making fun of the situation. As a matter of fact I know that we aren't. It was the way WRAL headlined it that was behind the sarcasm.

  • Historian-the naked gardener Dec 3, 2009

    I know it sounds comical but it appears that some poor soul was killed and then dumped the body in the cemetery. The rumor around Princeton is that the person was found laid out on the ground and they had been either partially or fully decapitated and no vehicle at the scene. Please be considerate and compassionate when commenting about this story because this person's loved ones might be reading what we are typing.