Escaped NC inmate's body found, but head still missing

Kelvin Singleton escaped from prison about a month ago. (ABC13 News Now)

Authorities say a headless body found in Bertie County last week belonged to a prisoner who escaped the Chowan County jail last month.

News outlets report that 26-year-old Kelvin Singleton's partially decomposed body was found April 7 in a remote Bertie County field.

Less than two weeks earlier, and about 10 miles away, authorities say Singleton had formed a weapon from a sharpened toothbrush and forced a deputy at the Chowan County Detention Facility to set him free.

Chowan County Sheriff Dwayne Goodwin says Singleton was not killed where the body was found. His body was identified by his fingerprints. His head has not been located.

The State Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate the case

Singleton was in jail awaiting trial for robbery and kidnapping charges.

More details on this case can be found here.

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