POLICE: Body found in Greenville believed to be missing man

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Police say they believe the body of a missing Greenville man has been found.

A South Carolina search and recovery group’s cadaver dog found human remains around 11:00 a.m. behind Dockside Apartments, which is adjacent to the greenway.

“About the same time that the dog was heading down towards the water, I spotted what I believed to be human remains,” said Michael Hubbard, who is the owner of the nonprofit search and rescue group Loudwater Outfitters.

Police said this is believed to be the last known location of Khalil Jefferson and has been searched numerous times by law enforcement, fire personnel, family members, and volunteer search teams.

Jefferson was reported missing on December 2nd.

The man’s car was found parked at Greensprings Park which has an entrance to the Greenville greenway.

Jefferson’s mother, Sonona Jefferson, has been organizing search efforts along the greenway. She said she was able to find his jacket in the Tar River which contained his keys, cell phone, and glasses.

Hubbard said that he wanted to help her because she has been in desperate need of answers for a month.

“She had done everything that she could,” Hubbard said. “Basically, everything she could’ve done on her end she had done. I wanted nothing than to help her and then she told me her son was veteran, I was in the Marine Corps myself.”

It hasn’t been confirmed yet whether or not the body is the 22-year-old veteran, however Hubbard said if so, he hopes Jefferson’s mother has peace.

“It’s bad, but I also know the mother was suffering,” Hubbard said. “She was looking for answers and unfortunately if this was the end result for this case, I hope we were able to provide her at least that closure of being able to bring her some home.”

The remains have been sent to the Pitt County Medical Examiner’s Office for identification.

Jefferson’s mother will hold a candlelight vigil for her son on Monday at 5 p.m.