Fayetteville police investigate body as murder

August 30, 2010 5:17:27 PM PDT
Fayetteville police say a body found Sunday morning is now the focus of a murder investigation.

Police say officers discovered the body of a man in the area of Highway 301 and Grove Street. It was in a ditch on a service road near the Sandpiper Seafood Restaurant.

Initially, police thought the man was the victim of a hit-and-run, but now they say the man was beaten to death.

"Officers got out there and found the victim. He was deceased on the scene. They initially thought it might have been a hit-and-run incident due to the proximity to the highway there. But, further investigation revealed the victim was the victim of a homicide," explained John Summerdyke with Fayetteville Police.

Police have not released the identity of the man, and his body was sent to the medical examiner in Chapel Hill for an autopsy.

It has been an extremely busy month for the Fayetteville Police Department. Last Monday, a Public Works Commission worker spotted a body floating in Mintz Pond off Pamalee Drive. The victim has been identified as 38-year-old Abdul Shakur.

Then on Wednesday, the skeletal remains of a missing Fayetteville man were discovered by a fisherman along the Cape Fear River. The victim in that case has been identified as 60-year old Will Getter Senior.

Police aren't sure how the two men died, but they say the three cases are not related.

"At this time there is no indication that the any of them are related. In fact, the one found at the pond and the one over here by the river hadn't even been determined if they are homicides," said Summerdyke.

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