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Body found at Wayne County cemetery identified

Posted December 18, 2009 5:06 p.m. EST
Updated December 18, 2009 5:44 p.m. EST

— Wayne County authorities said Friday that they have identified the man whose body was found at a Princeton cemetery two weeks ago.

An employee of Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, off U.S. Highway 70 west of Goldsboro, discovered the body on the ground while arriving at work on the morning of Dec. 3, authorities said.

With the help of the State Bureau of Investigation crime lab, authorities said they identified the man as Jamie Lee Hinson, of Princeton. He had been beaten to death.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office has offered a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the Hinson's slaying.

"This is a horrific crime, and we are requesting assistance from the public to help us solve it," Sheriff Carey Winders said in a statement.

Hinson was last seen at the Doll Palace in Selma at about 2 a.m. Dec. 3, authorities said. Investigators released photos from a video that they believe show the last time he was seen alive.

The photos show two men walking across a wet parking lot toward cars as a white van is backing up nearby.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the Wayne County Sheriff's Office at 919-731-1481 or Wayne County Crime Stoppers at 919-735-2255.