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Two arrested after man's burned body found in woods

Posted November 3, 2010 11:28 a.m. EDT
Updated November 3, 2010 12:41 p.m. EDT

— The Harnett County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that two men have been arrested and charged in the death of Jeffrey Thomas Lynn, 35, whose burned body was found in some woods off Alex Ryan Lane in Spring Lake.

Stevie Eric Ryan Jr., 19, of 234 Meadowcroft Drive in Fayetteville, is charged with first-degree murder, concealing/failing to report a death, two counts of burglary, two counts of breaking and entering a building, two counts of larceny and two counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Jesse Lee Wiseman, 18, of 195 Lakeview Drive in Spring Lake, is charged with accessory after the fact to murder, concealing/failing to report a death, breaking and entering, larceny and possession of stolen property.

Both men were being held without bond.

The sheriff's office said Lynn's family last saw him Oct. 29 and reported him missing Monday. His vehicle and an ATV were also missing.

On Tuesday, sheriff’s authorities received a call about human remains about 5 miles from Lynn's house. They determined that the remains belonged to Lynn and were burned "in an attempt to conceal the death," Sheriff Larry Rollins said.

"Our investigation has also revealed that Mr. Lynn was killed at his residence late Friday evening, that the suspects stole Mr. Lynn’s vehicle and ATV (and that) the body was burned behind the victim’s residence and transported to Alex Ryan Lane and concealed," Rollins said.

Authorities recovered Lynn's vehicle and ATV on Tuesday at Ryan's house, according to authorities. Lynn's body was sent to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.