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Youngster's Body Found

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LILLINGTON — The body of a missing 8-year-old hasbeen found near Bunn Level. Harnett County authorities say the body ofJustin Reese was found on the edge of a dirt road near a cotton fieldabout a mile from his grandmother's house. He had been strangled.

Justin's mother, Keturah Reese, reported him missing yesterday about 2p.m. Reports indicate she had been heading for a nap about 10:30 Saturdaymorning when her son said he was going to his uncle's house. She toldhim instead to stay in the yard. At noon she couldn't find her son.

A missing person report was filed with the Harnett County Sheriff'sDepartment, and search crews set out to find him.

He was discovered by sheriff's deputies close to 5 p.m.

Authorities say they have no suspects, but that they are not rulinganything out. The State Bureau of Investigation has been called intothe case. One official noted that since Bunn Level is such a smallcommunity, the residents "take it hard."

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