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Body in Car Trunk is Fayetteville Mystery

Posted October 3, 1996 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Authorities have identified the body found in the trunk of a car Wednesday as that of 47-year-old Dealon Simmons. The car's presence behind McDonald Lumber Company was reported to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office after people noticed a strong odor in its vicinity.

Autopsy results came in Thursday afternoon proving the identity of Simmons. Simmons, according to police, had a fairly extensive criminal record. Since 1982, his police record includes at least 10 different serious drug charges.

The vehicle is registered to Janeeta Holliday who was, at first, reported to be engaged to the victim. Thursday, she told WRAL TV5'sTerri Grucathat she "hardly knows the man" whom she says she last saw September 26.

Cumberland County Sheriff Moose Butler says investigators couldn't immediately tell how the man died. No weapons were found at the scene.

W.E. Harris says many people noticed the car, but never suspected what would be found in it.

While Harris says someone reported the car's location Monday, Sheriff Butler says his department has no record of such a report, but they are looking into it.

Also found in the car was a set of scales. Police say there is no apparent motive, although it is possible the death was drug related. Copyright ©1996 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or distributed.