CLAYTON – The body of a man reported missing Sunday was discovered today (Tuesday) in a wooded area just off Sam’s Branch Greenway in Clayton.
On Sunday, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office took a missing person report on a 47 year-old local man. On Monday evening, the man’s vehicle was located in the parking lot of the Sam’s Branch Greenway in Clayton. Clayton Police Chief Greg Tart said officers conducted a search of the area but due to deteriorating weather conditions at the time, further search efforts were delayed until Tuesday morning.
This morning, the Clayton Police Department, Clayton Fire Department, Johnston County EMS, and Johnston County Sheriff’s Office began searching areas of the greenway looking for the missing person. Around 11:40AM, a body was discovered in a wooded area off the greenway.
Investigators believe that it is the body of the missing person and that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Johnston County Medical Examiner’s office was notified and are assisting with the investigation.