Cumberland County Sheriff's detectives said William Ted Foster of Paddlefish Road in Fayetteville was killed and then his body was dumped and set on fire near the intersection of Tom Starling Road and Production Drive in Fayetteville.
A couple driving down Production Drive called 911 to report what they believed to be a brush fire in the 900 block of Tom Starling Road, according to authorities.
When firefighters arrived, they spotted a small fire behind a small storage-type building.
After crews put out the blaze, authorities said they found what appeared to be a human body and called Cumberland County Sheriff's deputies to the scene.
Officials were later able to identify the body and take Foster's remains to the Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for an autopsy.
Deputies are searching for a man and woman believed to be traveling in Foster's 2011 silver-colored Chrysler 300 with tag number CHN-9446. They've been identified as 20-year-old Justin Quick of Hope Mills and 24-year-old Misty Dawn Burns of Fayetteville.
The couple apparently lived with Foster.
Anyone with information surrounding the case is asked to call the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office at (910) 323-1500, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office Homicide Unit at (910) 677-5548 or Fayetteville/Cumberland Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS or (910) 483-8477.
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