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Abandoned car left running leads construction crew to 88-year-old's body

Posted December 18, 2020 4:49 a.m. EST
Updated December 18, 2020 4:53 a.m. EST

WXII reports a 2005 Dodge Magnum, which belonged to 88-year-old Byron Effler, was found near University Parkway. It was still running. Credit: WSPD

— A missing Winston-Salem man was found dead after a construction crew found his car stuck in mud with the engine running earlier Thursday.

WXII reports a 2005 Dodge Magnum, which belonged to 88-year-old Byron Effler, was found near University Parkway. It was still running.

Effler's body was found in a wooded area nearby.

Earlier in the day, officers said they responded to Effler's home. Contact was made with a family member who stated that Effler suffered from a cognitive impairment and becomes disoriented easily.

Effler had last been seen Monday at his home on Plantation Drive.

Foul play is not suspected in Effler's death.

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