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Man arrested after body of missing woman found near US-64 in Nash County

A body was found along U.S. Highway 64 in Nash County on Monday evening, but authorities were unable to identify it as a missing woman they have been searching for.

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NASH COUNTY, N.C. — Authorities have identified a body found near U.S. Highway 64 in Nash County on Monday evening as a Rocky Mount woman who has been missing since last week.

Glorika Cherta Townsend was reported missing on Thursday and her father on Monday evening said authorities were searching for her body after her car was found in the parking lot of a building at 1701 Sunset Avenue in Rocky Mount.

Authorities said the body found near Old Franklin Road in the Momeyer community has been identified as Townsend.

Authorities were not able to determine a cause of death.

Rocky Mount police on Tuesday said 26-year-old Shantonio Lucas was arrested and charged with one count of first-degree murder in connection to Townsend's death. He was put in jail under no bond.

Authorities said the death is being investigated as a homicide.

Anybody with information is asked to call the Nash County Sheriff's Office at 252-459-1510.


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