Police identify man found dead in ice covered ditch in Cumberland County

William Russell Simmons (Cumberland County Sheriff's Office)

February 14, 2014 12:28:07 PM PST
Cumberland County Sheriff's detectives have released the identity of a man whose body was found lying in an ice covered ditch Wednesday.

They say the body of 59-year old William Russell Simmons, of Fayetteville, was discovered by a passerby who called 911 for help.

The body was submerged in a ditch along the 500 block of Hughes Road near the Vander community.

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Investigators say there was no sign of an assault or struggle.

Simmons' body was sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Raleigh for autopsy.

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