The sheriff's office received a call about a body Friday evening. When detectives responded to the scene, they discovered a man's body in a ditch.
Investigators identified the victim as 38-year-old Ricky Bratcher of Raeford. They did not say how he died.
The case remains under investigation and the sheriff's office is asking for the public's assistance with information that may aid in solving the crime. If you have information about the case, call the Hoke County Sheriff's Office at 910-875-5111.