Body found in Onslow County may be person missing since December

ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – A body that was found in Onslow County Friday may be that of a person who has been missing since December.

Deputies with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office say that a body that was found in a wooded area on Friday may be a person who was reported missing from a home in Midway Park on December 18th.

According to deputies, they searched an area on Friday along the railroad track behind the Bellawoods community in the Piney Green area that they say the person frequently visited. During the search, deputies say that they found a body that they believe is the person who was reported missing.

Deputies say that they are treating the death as a homicide, but that a preliminary investigation indicates that the person may have died from either self-inflicted or natural causes.

Deputies are not releasing the name of the person until the Medical Examiner’s Office makes a positive identification and determines the cause of death.