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Body of unidentified man found in Rocky Mount neighborhood

Posted March 2, 2011 10:57 a.m. EST
Updated March 2, 2011 5:06 p.m. EST

A man walking his dog found a body in a wooded area near Greystone and Stillwater drives at the western edge of Rocky Mount early March 2, 2011.

— Rocky Mount police opened a homicide investigation after a man walking his dog found a body in an upscale neighborhood Wednesday morning.

Police Chief John Manley said the body of a man was found in a wooded area near the 3700 block of Greystone Drive at the western edge of the city around 7:30 a.m.

The deceased has not been identified yet, Manley said. The Medical Examiner's Office in Greenville will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Neighbors said that the body had been burned, and there was a large burned spot in the woods that smelled strongly of gasoline. Police said they couldn't comment on those reports.

Police said it wasn't clear yet if the man was killed there or if he had been killed elsewhere and his body dumped there.

Police set up a command post at the end of an unfinished street, canvassed the neighborhood and searched along a small stream in woods.

Anyone with information about the case should contact Crime Stoppers by calling 252-977-1111 or by e-mail at crimestoppers@rockymountnc.gov. Crime Stoppers tipsters never have to give their names and are eligible for cash rewards for information that solves felony crimes.