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Man missing from Siler City killed in car wreck

Posted October 19, 2012 10:17 a.m. EDT
Updated October 19, 2012 12:56 p.m. EDT

— A man who was found dead near his wrecked car early Friday in Randolph County has been identified by family members as Jesse Lewis Maness, a 24-year-old man who was missing from Siler City since Saturday.

The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office said a passing motorist called 911 shortly before 2 a.m. Friday and reported the wrecked car, which was overturned below a bridge in the 8600 block of N.C. Highway 22/42, near the Chatham County line.

The Chatham County's Sheriff's Office said Maness' car had overturned in a creek, and his body was found under the water.

Maness was the lone occupant in the car. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Siler City police had been searching for Maness, who was last seen leaving a Mexican restaurant about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. He was driving a burgundy, four-door 1995 Chevrolet Corsica with North Carolina license plate YXW-1979, police said.

His family and friends told police that they have not talked with him since then, which is "extremely out of the ordinary" for him, police said.