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Investigators Piece Together Final Hours of Man's Life

Posted December 22, 2007 10:30 a.m. EST

— Detectives asked for the public's help in piecing together the final hours of a deceased man who was found lying next to his crashed car just southeast of Fayetteville on Friday afternoon.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office labeled the case a homicide after Michael Dwayne Melvin died at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center early Saturday morning.

Initially, deputies thought Melvin had been involved in a car crash. He was found lying next to his 1994 black Lexus along L.A. Dunham Road, where the vehicle was partially submerged in a ditch.

Melvin suffered head injuries so severe that emergency personnel could not tell if he had been hurt in the accident or shot.

The State Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill will conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Detectives were working to determine who was responsible for Melvin’s death and why. The victim was known to frequent the Wilmington and Cedar Creek Road areas.

Anyone who knows anything about Melvin’s final hours is urged to call the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500.