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Youngster's Body Found

Posted September 15, 1996 12:00 a.m. EDT

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

Justin's mother, Keturah Reese, reported him missing yesterday about 2 p.m. Reports indicate she had been heading for a nap about 10:30 Saturday morning when her son said he was going to his uncle's house. She told him 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's Department, 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 ruling anything out. The State Bureau of Investigation has been called into the case. One official noted that since Bunn Level is such a small community, the residents "take it hard."