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Family seeks answers in Durham man's disappearance

Posted January 5, 2018 7:15 p.m. EST
Updated January 5, 2018 9:17 p.m. EST

— A Durham family is asking the public for help to find a 30-year-old man who went missing New Year's Eve.

Demario Liles, 30, went out to celebrate on New Year's Eve and has not been heard from since. He was last seen in Raleigh.

Family members told WRAL they heard from friends that Liles got in a fight, and those he was fighting with followed him out of the club.

They said his car was found in Raleigh about 20 minutes from the club, and that it appeared it had been in some kind of an accident.

Police found a body in Lake Johnson Friday afternoon but have not yet identified the person.

His family said his car was found wrecked at 4601 Avent Ferry Road, which is near where officers were investigating.

Police would not release any information about the body recovered from Lake Johnson. It has been sent to the medical examiner, for identification.

Liles has a 3-year-old son and 10-year-old son.

"He has two boys and that's all that really matters," said Nieshia Liles, Demario Liles' sister. "Nothing else. Nobody else's feelings other than that. He has two boys and they got to look up to him. Everybody needs their daddy."

His family said they believe Liles is dead and that suspect that his body could be in Lake Johnson.

"I feel his cries, you know what I'm saying," his father Hiram Lynch said. "He's frozen somewhere. Just give him back. That's all we want."

Raleigh police officers said they could not comment on the investigation.

"I don't know where they put him at," Lynch said. "But at least they could do this. Take his body and put it where someone could find it. At least do that for me."

"My brother means a lot to me," Liles said. "He means a lot to his kids."

Police would not release any information about the body recovered from Lake Johnson. It has been sent to the medical examiner, for identification.