Body identified as missing Spring Lake man

Howard Pearce (Image courtesy Cumberland County Sheriff's Office)

March 14, 2013 5:31:47 PM PDT
The State Medical Examiner's Office said Thursday a body found earlier this week in a wooded area in Spring Lake is that of a man reported missing in February.

Children playing found the body near the end of North First Street at its intersection with Johnston Street just after 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says the remains belong to 59-year-old Howard Pearce of 116 Rainbow Court.

Due to the condition of the body, the Medical Examiner was unable to determine the exact cause of death.

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