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Teen Faces Murder Charge For Eggleston's Death

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Matthew Myers
FAYETTEVILLE — The week long search for 16-year-oldChris Eggleston ended Saturday when officials found his body. Now, one ofhis classmates, 17-year old-Matthew Myers, has been charged in connection with Eggleston's death.

Myers was in court Monday morning, charged with kidnapping and murder.

Eggleston had been missing for five days when his body was found in thewoods behind Westover High School. While the tragedy is being discussed atlength by family and friends, police are keeping mum on details of thecrime.

Monday night, WRAL-TV5 News learned that Eggleston was tied up with ropewhen he was found Saturday morning. WRAL also learned that Myersmoved to Fayetteville two years ago to live with his grandparentsafter his father died in Florida.

Police also dispelled rumors that Eggleston's body was mutilated. Theyalso said that there was no credible evidence that the murder wasgang-related. CaptainBruce Chandler of the Fayetteville Police Department said that his men areinvestigating each rumor as they look for leads in the case.

DebbieSoto lives in the area.She says this has made parents nervous about their children's safety.

Eggleston's parents made a statementto the press Monday afternoon thanking their friends and others in thecommunity and at nearby military bases for their help in the search forChris, and to thank the media for respecting their privacy.

The Egglestons asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made inChris'name to the Chris Eggleston Missing Children Fund at the Fort Bragg CreditUnion.

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