The body of a badly decomposed man was found in a creek in Clayton on Thursday.
Around 5pm, some teenagers discovered the man’s body in a creek bed just below the Amelia Village Apartments, off Amelia Church Road.
Crime scene investigators swept the creek for any evidence and detectives canvassed the area for any possible leads.
The body was removed from the creek around 7pm and sent to the NC Medical Examiner’s Office for identification.
Clayton Police and the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office are jointly investigating the incident.
Authorities have not said how the victim may have died or if it may be linked to a recent missing person case.