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Police believe missing Fayetteville teen is dead

Posted April 7, 2011 1:20 p.m. EDT
Updated April 7, 2011 1:31 p.m. EDT

— A Fayetteville police spokesman said Thursday that authorities believe Fashaad Montez Lee, a 19-year-old Fayetteville Technical Community College student, last seen March 5 was killed.

Police are seeking several persons of interest in Lee's disappearance, said police spokesman Gavin MacRoberts.

His grandfather said Lee left his Westdale Drive home with a black man who called himself John who was about 5 feet 9 inches tall and 170 pounds and was wearing a bandanna on his head.

"He walked out to the car and disappeared," Lee Braggs said of his grandson.

MacRoberts said that, at the time of his disappearance, Lee was trying to end his connections to gangs. "And now these people came and knocked on his door, and we want to know what happened to him," MacRoberts said. "It's been a month, and at this point, we're pretty certain it's a homicide."

Anyone who might have seen Fashaad Lee or his companion is asked to call Detective James Walker at 910-237-9391 or Fayetteville Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.