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Body of 20-year-old found in shallow grave in Sampson County

Posted June 4, 2018 1:16 p.m. EDT
Updated June 4, 2018 7:04 p.m. EDT

— The body of a 20-year-old was found in a shallow grave over the weekend in Sampson County, according to the sheriff's office.

On Saturday, the stepfather of Jamaris Pridgen received an anonymous phone call that he was dead and his body was in Sampson County. The stepfather started looking for Pridgen and located his car in the woods on CC Road. He called 911 at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Deputies from the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and found the car. Evidence of foul play was discovered in the vehicle, and authorities began searching for Pridgen.

At about 9 p.m., a shallow grave was located in the woods on Wilber Pridgen Road.

"It's still under investigation and I can tell you it certainly has all the appearances of a homicide," Sheriff Jimmy Thorton said. "It's tough, we like every other law enforcement agency have to rely on people giving us the information."

The cause of death is pending the results of the Sampson County Medical Examiner’s autopsy.

The Sampson County Sheriff’s Office has a person of interest in the case.