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Missing Man's Body Found In Cumberland County

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY — Cumberland County authorities are resuming their search for clues in the brutal slaying of a CumberlandCounty man, whose body was found Thursday night.

William Chapman said he and a friend were out running rabbits when hesaw a body about 25 feet away. At first, he and his friend JerryMaynor thought he wasn't real.

Maynor initially thought the body was a scarecrow, he said.

A few minutes later, Cumberland County deputies surrounded the area,off Camden Road,closing off roads and standing guard. They say they're sure the man is48-year-old Gary Shutz, who was reported missing on New Year's Eve.

Shutz' body found was clothed in a robe andunderclothing, and his throat had been slashed. Authoritiesalso said that a telephone cord was still wrapped around one wrist

According to investigators, Shutz's son told them his father was goneunder unusual circumstances, leaving his glasses and shoes behind.

Then hours before the body was found, deputies recovered Shutz's carnear N.C. 87,trunk and doors open, in a swamp. The car was about 10 miles from thebody.

Sheriff "Moose" Butler declined to release many details about the case.

Shutz worked at Larry King Surveyors in Cumberland County.

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